Ministry of Environment & Forests                                                                    (IA Division)                                                                                                            ******

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 10TH MEETING OF EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL APPRAISAL OF MINING PROJECTS CONSTITUTED UNDER EIA NOTIFICATION, 2006.

The 10th meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Environmental Impact Assessment of Mining Projects of the Ministry of Environment and Forests was held on December 22-24, 2010.  The list of participants is annexed. 

After welcoming the Committee Members, discussion on each of the agenda items was taken up ad-seriatim.

Item No. 1:

1.1           Confirmation of the minutes of the 9th Meeting.

The minutes of the 9th meeting were confirmed as circulated.

Item No. 2: Consideration of the Proposals listed in the Agenda:

2.1          Japharkheda Red Ochre & China Clay Mine of Shri Gopal Lal Agal located at village Japharkheda, District Chittorgarh, Rajasthan (EC)

The consideration of the proposal was deferred as the project proponent did not attend the meeting.  

2.2          Beneficiation Plant of Jilling Langalota Iron and Manganese Mines of M/s Essel Mining located at District Keonjhar, Orissa (Consultant: B.S. Envitech (P) Ltd., Hyderabad)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same. The proposal is for enhancement of production of iron ore from 4.2 million TPA to 6.28 million TPA and installation of beneficiation plant with a capacity of 3.4 million TPA throughput. TOR for this project were prescribed on 25.6.2008.  Public hearing was held on 17.6.2010. It is a violation case as there has been an increase in production in the year 2008-09. The mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting. The mine lease area is 456.1 ha, which includes 369.592 ha of forestland.  It was reported that 157.1 ha of DLC broken up forest area exist in the mine lease and accordingly they are permitted to work in an area of 243.608 ha (157.1 ha broken up forest area, 86.508 ha of non forestland).  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Dalco nallah is reported to pass through the mine lease.  Baitarni river is at a distance of about 1 km of the mine lease.  The water requirement for the project is 6412 m3/day, which will be obtained from groundwater and surface water. Permission for drawl of groundwater to the extent of 1564 m3/day has been obtained from CGWA.  An agreement has been signed with the State Government for use of surface water to the extent of 5715 m3/day.  Backfilling is proposed which will start from 2014.  The stage of groundwater development is shown to be 42%.  Based on the comparison of AAQ data for the period summer of 2008 and summer of 2010, it has been shown that RSPM levels have come down due to implementation of various mitigation measures and are within permissible limits.  The transportation of mineral is by combination of road and rail.  The worked out pits will be used as tailing pond; however, the proponent was not able to show the adequacy of the tailing pond for the life of the plant. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that the there is no court case pending against the project.

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee sought information on the following:-

(i)                The site layout plan vis-à-vis the area for which the forestry clearance has been obtained should be given so as to show that the working will be restricted only to the permissible area and that no working will be undertaken in the forest area for which forestry clearance has not been obtained yet. 

(ii)              The source of water should be clarified i.e. whether it will be Dalco nallah or Baitarni river. In case of drawl of water from Baitarni river, necessary permission from the Competent Authority should be obtained and copy furnished. 

(iii)            It may be clarified whether the height of the dump will be 30 m or 60 m.  Necessary calculation for disposal of the dump keeping in view the height and the area of land earmarked for the purpose should be given.  Accordingly, the information in the filled in Questionnaire against item no. 34 should be provided. 

(iv)            Stability of dump and the railway track nearby and their mutual impacts if any, should be clearly brought out, geometry & cross-sections drawn and preventive measures to ensure safety of both incorporated and reported. Clearance from Railways, if any required, should also be secured.

(v)              Clearance under Forest Rights Act, as applicable should be obtained and copy furnished. 

(vi)            The scheme for disposal of tailings and its rehandling if any, should be detailed and the adequacy of the tailing pond for the life of the plant clearly brought out. 

(vii)          Based on the soil permeability data and tailings characteristics, it may be shown whether there will be need for lining.  If so, details may be provided. 

(viii)        Comprehensive information on biodiversity of the area including the biodiversity of Dalco nallah as mentioned in the TOR no. 8 should be given. 

(ix)            The baseline AAQ data, date-wise should be incorporated in the EIA. 

(x)              Though Manganese ore is not mined at the present, the leasehold and its surrounding habitat appears vulnerable to adverse impacts of Manganese, which may be ascertained and necessary safeguards incorporated in the occupational health surveillance and monitoring.

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 30.1.2011 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its meeting to be held in February, 2011.  

2.3          Limestone (minor mineral) Mine of M/s Shri Nath Minerals & Chemicals, Village Sinla, Tehsil Jaitaran, District Pali, Rajashan (Consultant: R.K. Consultants, Jodhpur)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The proposal is for enhancement of production of limestone (minor mineral) from 9165 TPA to 4,50,000 TPA.  It was shown on a map that the said project does not fall in the critically polluted area and the distance is about 102 km from Pali, the identified critically polluted area. The mine lease area is 100 ha. No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised. Life of the mine 33 years.  Water requirement is estimated as 122 kld, which will be obtained from mine sump and nearby villages.  The ultimate working depth will be 15 m bgl.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. Backfilling is proposed. It is estimated that 5.9 million m3 of waste will be generated during the mine life. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)            Year-wise production prior to EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force and clearly stating the highest production achieved in any one year prior to 2006.  It may also be categorically informed whether there had been any increase in production after the EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force w.r.t. the highest production achieved prior to 2006. 

2)            A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

3)            All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology and should be in the name of the lessee. 

4)            The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)            Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features should be indicated.

6)            Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases and submitted.    

7)            A confirmation may be adduced, duly authenticated by the competent authority in the State Government to the effect whether the project falls in Aravalli and whether it is covered by the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 8.4.2005 in the contempt petition (c) 412/2004 in writ petition 202 of 1995 in the matter of Godavarman vs Union of India.

8)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden Necessary clearance, if any, as may be applicable to such projects due to proximity of the ecologically sensitive areas as mentioned above should be obtained from the State Wildlife Department/ Chief Wildlife Warden under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and copy furnished.

9)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

10)       Impact of change of land use should be given. 

11)       R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people should be furnished. While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes prepared accordingly integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

12)       One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna shall be collected and the AAQ data so collected presented date-wise in the EIA and EMP report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

13)       Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any, and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

14)       The water requirement for the project, its availability and source may be furnished.  A detailed water balance should be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

15)       Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

16)       Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project should be given.

17)       Impact of the project on the water quality both surface and groundwater should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required, should be provided.

18)       Based on actual monitored data, it may clearly be shown whether working will intersect groundwater.  Necessary data and documentation in this regard may be provided.  In case the working will intersect groundwater table, a detailed hydro geological study should be undertaken and report furnished.  Necessary permission from Central Ground Water Authority for working below ground water and for pumping of ground water should also be obtained and copy furnished.

19)       Details of first order stream, if any passing through lease area and modification/ diversion proposed, if any and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

20)       Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project should be provided. 

21)       Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table etc. should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

22)       Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc. to be brought out).  

23)       The reclamation plan, post mine land use and progressive greenbelt development plan shall be prepared in tabular form (prescribed format) and submitted.  

24)       Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be indicated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) should be worked out, indicating whether it is capable of handling the increased load.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated (including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government) should be covered.

25)       Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

26)       Conceptual post mining land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

27)       Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation should be charted, clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted. The details of plantation already done should be given. 

28)       Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

29)       Measures of socio economic significance and influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be indicated.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

30)       Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts which, should inter-alia also include the impact due to change of land use, due to loss of agricultural land and grazing land, if any, occupational health impacts besides other impacts of the projects. 

31)       Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

32)       Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

33)       The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points should also be followed:-

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)     All documents may be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)      Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)     Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)       Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)     While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area, (ii) geological maps and sections and (iii) sections of the mine pit and external dumps, if any, clearly showing the land features of the adjoining area. 

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.4          Quartz, Mica, Kyanite & Vermiculite Mine of Shri Radha Kishan Sharma located at village Dhangras, District Bhilwara, Rajasthan (Consultant: R.K. Consultant, Jodhpur)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of quartz, mica, kyanite and vermiculite to 50,000 TPA. The mine lease area is 144 ha. No forestland is involved. Life of mine is 76 years. Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting. The ultimate working depth will be 475 m AMSL.  Groundwater table varies between 473 – 470 m AMSL. TOR for this project were prescribed on 23.2.2009.  Public hearing was held on 17.6.2010.  It was observed that the AAQ data contained in the EIA report in respect of some of the stations was the same as in EIA report of other projects prepared by the same consultant. These projects were namely; Sand Stone Mining Project of Thekedar Dinesh Kumar Pandey, Silica Sand Mine of Shri Devendra Sharma, Sand Stone Mine of Smt Ramveti Devi and China Clay and Soapstone Mine of Shri Mahadev Mining Works. When this fact of identical data was pointed out during the meeting, the proponent and their consultant clarified that it is a mistake which has crept in during preparation of report due to cut and paste. The Committee did not agree to this clarification as the data became suspicious and unreliable.  In view of the unreliable data contained in the EIA report, the Committee rejected the proposal. 

2.5          Sandstone (Minor Mineral) Mining Project of M/s Thekedar Dinesh Kumar Pandey located at village Talbhari, District Karauli, Rajasthan (Consultant: R.K. Consultant, Jodhpur) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease for production of 6,000 TPA of sand stone.  The mine lease area is 144.906 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Life of mine is 631 years.  Mine working will be opencast manual involving drilling and blasting.  The ultimate working depth will be 294 m AMSL.  Groundwater table varies between 280 – 270 m AMSL.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 3.1.2008.  Public hearing was held on 19.2.2009.  It was observed that the AAQ data contained in the EIA report in respect of some of the stations was the same as in EIA report of other projects prepared by the same consultant.  These projects were namely; Quartz, Mica, Kyanite & Vermiculite Mine of Shri Radha Kishan Sharma, Silica Sand Mine of Shri Devendra Sharma, Sand Stone Mine of Smt Ramveti Devi and China Clay and Soapstone Mine of Shri Mahadev Mining Works.  When this fact of identical data was pointed out during the meeting, the proponent and their consultant clarified that it is a mistake which has crept in during preparation of report due to cut and paste.  The Committee did not agree to this clarification as the data became suspicious and unreliable.  In view of the unreliable data contained in the EIA report, the Committee rejected the proposal. 

2.6          Sarkunda Iron Ore Mine of M/s Fee Grade & Co. Ltd. located at District Sundergarh, Orissa (Consultant: Ecomen Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., Lucknow)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease and enhancement of production of iron ore to 0.98 million TPA and manganese ore to 0.06 million TPA.  The mine lease area is 393.565 ha, which includes 390 ha of forestland.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 23.2.2009. Public hearing was held on 5.2.2010.  The mine is reported to be closed since 1997.  Kurarhi Nadi is flowing through the mine lease area.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized for iron ore and semi-mechanised for manganese ore with drilling and blasting.  No beneficiation is proposed.  However, sizing and screening will be carried out.  The life of the mine is 4 years for iron ore and 28 years for manganese ore.  There are three waste dumps namely; D1, D2 and D3 covering a total area of 3.638 ha.  The dump D1 and D2 have been got stabilized in a natural manner.  It was observed that the proponent were advised to shift the dumps D1 and D2 away from the river on the southern side which has not been done.  The Committee was informed that on detailed site studies, rehandling of stabilized dumps and transport of such existing overburden material to non-mineralised sites, was not found desirable and therefore extra care and protective steps have been built in the existing dumpsite for use during the short balance life of the project to prevent any flow of O.B. towards the river.  While doing so, it may also be kept in view that the height of the dump is duly taken care of based on dump stability and the local terrain.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that the there is no court case pending against the project.  It was also noted that the requisite forestry clearance as desired during TOR has not been obtained. 

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee sought information on the following:-

(i)                Full justification for using the old partially stabilized dumpsites ‘A’ and ‘B’ for stacking incremental fresh overburden material should be given and its stage wise stabilization measures explained, as these dumps are quite close to the river. Possibility of backfilling and or creation of additional dump away from the river should be explored and adopted if found more appropriate for the balance four years of iron ore quarry life. Relocation of waste dumps, if any, as different from the provisions in the approved mine plan, should also be got approved by IBM. Stability study of the dump should be provided, ensuring the height of the dump is duly taken care of based on dump stability and the local terrain.

(ii)              Details of data collected relating to flora and fauna should be given. 

(iii)            The RSPM levels at Rajabasa (A-7) and Barsoan (A-5) were observed to be on a higher side and the proposed safeguard measures to control the same should be detailed. 

(iv)            Site specific conservation plan as per the TOR should be provided. 

(v)              Clearance under Forest Rights Act as applicable should be provided. 

(vi)            Conformity with the latest notified standards for iron ore mines should be shown. 

(vii)          Information relating to point no. 21 and 28 of the Questionnaire should be provided. 

(viii)        It may be clarified whether any detailed hydro-geological study has been done as part of the condition stipulated by Central Ground Water Authority dated 11.12.2009.  Details in this regard should be provided.  The scheme of artificial recharge, if any, should be given. 

(ix)            The location of the monitoring stations vis-à-vis the distance from the mine lease and the wind direction should be given. 

(x)              Occupational health aspects in terms of hazards, prevention, containment, exposure containment particularly with regard to manganese toxicity should be given. 

It was decided that the proposal will be brought back before the Committee for further consideration after the requisite information as mentioned above has been submitted, including FC clearance.  Till such time, file may be closed. 

2.7          Janekunta Iron Ore Mine of Sri V. Venkateshulu, Village Janekunta, District Bellary, Karnataka (Consultant: M/s Transit Surveys, Bellary)

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on September 28-30, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  It was categorically clarified by the proponent that no activity relating to the mine will be outside the mine lease area.  As per the production details submitted, it was observed that it is a violation case as the proponent has enhanced production during 2004-05 and 2005-06.  The proven reserves have been calculated based on the exploration data and available field data.  Accordingly, the life of the mine has been estimated as 13 years.  The mine benches will start from 25 m inside the lease boundary.  The latest AAQ data generated during October, 2010 was also presented which was shown to essentially within permissible limits.  It was, however, felt that further safeguard measures would need to be taken to bring down the levels of RSPM (PM10).  It was stated that charge per delay will be 35 kg and hole to hole 25 or 50 m.s.delay detonators/cod relays are used to control the ground vibration and fly rocks.  It is estimated that 6.646 million tonnes of waste rocks will be generated during mine life.  An area of 9.8 ha will be used for waste dump with a maximum projected height of the waste as 40 m.  The water requirement is estimated as 214 m3/day, which will be obtained from the bore wells.  The groundwater table is reported to vary between 500 – 550 m AMSL.  Mine working will be up to 800 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  The other issues raised by the Committee including raised during public hearing were also clarified. 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance.

 

2.8          Jutting Limestone Mine of M/s Murli Industries Ltd., District Chandrapur, Maharashtra (Consultant: Enviro Techno Consult, Nagpur)

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on August 25-27, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  It was noted from the letter of the proponent dated 8th December, 2010 that the EIA/EMP report has been revised and the revised report dated November, 2010 has been submitted.  The Committee desired to know the specific changes made in the revised report vis-à-vis the earlier report based on which the public hearing was conducted.  The proponent sought time to bring out the comparison.  The Committee agreed to the request of the proponent and deferred consideration of the proposal to February, 2011 meeting. 

2.9          Crushing and Screening Unit to Beneficiation Plant of M/s Geomin Industries Pvt. Ltd. located at village Sehora, Taluk & District Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh (TOR)

          The consideration of the proposal was deferred at the request of the project proponent. 

2.10   Sand Stone Mine of M/s Harcharan Lal Jindal, village Chillachond, Tehsil Bari, District Dholpur, Rajasthan (Consultant: Ramji Mine Envirotech, Jaipur) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which became due since 2008 and enhancement of production of sand stone (minor mineral) to 1,00,000 TPA.  It is a violation case as the production from the mine has been increased after 2006 without obtaining requisite environmental clearance. The mine lease area is 274.73 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It has been reported that the mine does not fall in Aravali.  The projected life of mine is 108 years.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting.  Ultimate working depth will be 6 m bgl.  The groundwater table is reported to vary between 35-40 m bgl.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Backfilling is proposed. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)                 Year-wise production prior to EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force and clearly stating the highest production achieved in any one year prior to 2006.  It may also be categorically informed whether there had been any increase in production after the EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force w.r.t. the highest production achieved prior to 2006. 

2)                 A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

3)                 All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology and should be in the name of the lessee. 

4)                 The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)                 Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features should be indicated.

6)                 Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases and submitted. 

7)                 A confirmation may be adduced, duly authenticated by the competent authority in the State Government to the effect whether the project falls in Aravalli and whether it is covered by the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 8.4.2005 in the contempt petition (c) 412/2004 in writ petition 202 of 1995 in the matter of Godavarman vs Union of India.

8)                 Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden Necessary clearance, if any, as may be applicable to such projects due to proximity of the ecologically sensitive areas as mentioned above should be obtained from the State Wildlife Department/ Chief Wildlife Warden under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and copy furnished.

9)                 A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

10)            Impact of change of land use should be given. 

11)            R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people should be furnished.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes prepared accordingly integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

12)            One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna shall be collected and the AAQ data so collected presented date-wise in the EIA and EMP report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

13)            Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

14)            The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

15)            Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

16)            Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project should be given.

17)            Impact of the project on the water quality both surface and groundwater should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

18)            Based on actual monitored data, it may clearly be shown whether working will intersect groundwater.  Necessary data and documentation in this regard may be provided.  In case the working will intersect groundwater table, a detailed hydro geological study should be undertaken and report furnished.  Necessary permission from Central Ground Water Authority for working below ground water and for pumping of ground water should also be obtained and copy furnished.

19)            Details of first order stream, if any passing through lease area and modification/ diversion proposed, if any and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

20)            Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project should be provided. 

21)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table etc. should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

22)            Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc. to be brought out).  

23)            The reclamation plan, post mine land use and progressive greenbelt development plan shall be prepared in tabular form (prescribed format) and submitted.  

24)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be indicated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) should be worked out, indicating whether it is capable of handling the increased load.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated (including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government) should be covered.

25)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

26)            Conceptual post mining land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

27)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation should be charted clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted. The details of plantation already done should be given. 

28)            Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

29)            Measures of socio economic significance and influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be indicated.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

30)            Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts which, should inter-alia also include the impact  due to change of land use, due to loss of agricultural land and grazing land, if any, occupational health impacts besides other impacts of the projects. 

31)            Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

32)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

33)            The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points should also be followed:-

a)            A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)            All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)             Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated.

d)            Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)            The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as devised earlier by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)              Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)            While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area, (ii) geological maps and sections and (iii) sections of the mine pit and external dumps, if any, clearly showing the land features of the adjoining area. 

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.11          Semal Soapstone & Dolomite Mine of M/s S. Sohan Singh Joginder Singh & Co., village Semal. Tehsil Girwa, District Udaipur, Rajasthan (Consultant: Apex Mintech Consultants and Associates, Udaipur)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with feasibility report. 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fall due in 2011 and enhancement of production of soapstone and dolomite to 2,20,000 (soapstone 20,000 TPA and dolomite 2,00,000 TPA).  The mine lease area is 405.462 ha.  No forestland is involved.  The earlier clearance was granted jointly for Kalora and Semal Limestone Mine on 17.2.2005 for a combined production of 37,500 TPA of soapstone and 3,30,000 TPA of dolomite.  Now both the mines have been considered separately since there are two separate mine lease and mine plans.  The Kalora mine being Category ‘B’ project has been considered by SEIAA, Rajasthan.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 31 years.  Water requirement is 24 kld.  Ultimate working depth will be 675 mRL.  The groundwater table is at 699 mRL.  Mine working will intersect groundwater table.  Backfilling is proposed. 

          Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)                 History of mine should be given. 

2)                 Status of compliance of the earlier EC conditions along with supporting documents and photographs should be submitted. 

3)                 Year-wise production details since 1994 onwards should be given clearly stating the highest production achieved in any one year prior to 1994.  It may also be categorically informed whether there had been any increase in production after the EIA Notification, 1994 coming into force w.r.t. the highest production achieved prior to 1994. 

4)                 A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

5)                 All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology and should be in the name of the lessee. 

6)                 The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

7)                 The combined impact of Semal and Kalora mines should be projected in the EIA report. 

8)                 Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features should be indicated.

9)                 Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases and submitted. 

10)            Details of the land for OB dump outside the mine lease such as extent of land area, distance from mine lease, its land use, R&R issues, if any should be given.  It should duly be integrated in the approved mine plan.   

11)            A confirmation may be adduced, duly authenticated by the competent authority in the State Government to the effect whether the project falls in Aravalli and whether it is covered by the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 8.4.2005 in the contempt petition (c) 412/2004 in writ petition 202 of 1995 in the matter of Godavarman vs Union of India.

12)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden Necessary clearance, if any, as may be applicable to such projects due to proximity of the ecologically sensitive areas as mentioned above should be obtained from the State Wildlife Department/ Chief Wildlife Warden under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and copy furnished.

13)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

14)            Impact of change of land use should be given. 

15)            R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people should be furnished.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes prepared accordingly integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

16)            One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna shall be collected and the AAQ data so collected presented date-wise in the EIA and EMP report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

17)            Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

18)            The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

19)            Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

20)            Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project should be given.

21)            Impact of the project on the water quality both surface and groundwater should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

22)            Based on actual monitored data, it may clearly be shown whether working will intersect groundwater.  Necessary data and documentation in this regard may be provided.  In case the working will intersect groundwater table, a detailed hydro geological study should be undertaken and report furnished.  Necessary permission from Central Ground Water Authority for working below ground water and for pumping of ground water should also be obtained and copy furnished.

23)            Details of first order stream, if any passing through lease area and modification/ diversion proposed, if any and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

24)            Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project should be provided. 

25)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table etc. should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

26)            Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc. to be brought out).  

27)            The reclamation plan, post mine land use and progressive greenbelt development plan shall be prepared in tabular form (prescribed format) and submitted.  

28)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be indicated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) should be worked out, indicating whether it is capable of handling the increased load.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated (including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government) should be covered.

29)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

30)            Conceptual post mining land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

31)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation should be charted clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted. The details of plantation already done should be given. 

32)            Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

33)            Measures of socio economic significance and influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be indicated.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

34)            Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts which, should inter-alia also include the impact due to change of land use, due to loss of agricultural land and grazing land, if any, occupational health impacts besides other impacts of the projects. 

35)            Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

36)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

37)            The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points should also be followed:-

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)     Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)    Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)    While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area, (ii) geological maps and sections and (iii) sections of the mine pit and external dumps, if any, clearly showing the land features of the adjoining area. 

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.12          Balapadu Quartz and Quartzite Ore Mine of M/s B.K. Padhy, village Balapadu, District Raygada, Orissa (Consultant: M/s Kalyani Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 71,140 TPA of quartz and quartzite.  The mine lease area is 55.394 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast manual involving drilling and blasting.  Ultimate working depth will be 390 mRL.  Life of the mine is 100 years. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)                 A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

2)                 All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology and should be in the name of the lessee. 

3)                 The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

4)                 Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features should be indicated.

5)                 Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases and submitted. 

6)                 Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden Necessary clearance, if any, as may be applicable to such projects due to proximity of the ecologically sensitive areas as mentioned above should be obtained from the State Wildlife Department/ Chief Wildlife Warden under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and copy furnished.

7)                 A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

8)                 Impact of change of land use should be given. 

9)                 R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people should be furnished.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes prepared accordingly integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

10)            One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna shall be collected and the AAQ data so collected presented date-wise in the EIA and EMP report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

11)            Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

12)            The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

13)            Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

14)            Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project should be given.

15)            Impact of the project on the water quality both surface and groundwater should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

16)            Based on actual monitored data, it may clearly be shown whether working will intersect groundwater.  Necessary data and documentation in this regard may be provided.  In case the working will intersect groundwater table, a detailed hydro geological study should be undertaken and report furnished.  Necessary permission from Central Ground Water Authority for working below ground water and for pumping of ground water should also be obtained and copy furnished.

17)            Details of first order stream, if any passing through lease area and modification/ diversion proposed, if any and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

18)            Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project should be provided. 

19)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table etc. should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

20)            Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc. to be brought out).  

21)            The reclamation plan, post mine land use and progressive greenbelt development plan shall be prepared in tabular form (prescribed format) and submitted.  

22)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be indicated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) should be worked out, indicating whether it is capable of handling the increased load.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated (including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government) should be covered.

23)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

24)            Conceptual post mining land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

25)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation should be charted clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted.

26)            Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard including silicosis should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

27)            Measures of socio economic significance and influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be indicated.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

28)            Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts which, should inter-alia also include the impact due to change of land use, due to loss of agricultural land and grazing land, if any, occupational health impacts including due to silica besides other impacts of the projects. 

29)            Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

30)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

31)            The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points should also be followed:-

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)     Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)    Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)    While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry, should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area, (ii) geological maps and sections and (iii) sections of the mine pit and external dumps, if any, clearly showing the land features of the adjoining area. 

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.13          Bamania Kalan Lead and Zinc Mine of M/s Hindustan Zinc Ltd. located at village Bamania Kalan, Tehsil Relmagra, District Rajasmand, Rajasthan (Consultant: Vimta Labs, Hyderabad)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for opening of a new lead and zinc mine with a capacity of 0.3 million TPA.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 14.9.2007.  Public hearing was held on 5.8.2010. It was observed that while prescribing TORs, the Committee had taken note of the fact that although there is a single ore body, there are two separate mine leases namely; ML no. 39/83 and ML no. 10/89 and therefore the two leases should be got unified with a unified approved mine plan.  However, it was noted that the two separate leases continue with two separate approved mine plans. The proponent clarified that the amalgamation of lease has since not happened, the approval of unified mine plan were not considered by IBM at this stage.  The Committee after detailed deliberations in the matter agreed to consider the said proposal as two separate projects for ML no. 39/83 and ML no. 10/89.  The Committee decided to consider the project based on the documents already submitted but requested the proponent to bifurcate it into two proposals, lease-wise and submit to Ministry for record as two separate proposals. 

The mine lease area is 800 ha (383.78 ha, ML no. 39/83 and 416.22 ha, ML no. 10/89).  It was noted that though it is an old mine lease but has never been worked before. Out of the two leases ML no. 39/83 expired on 29.10.2005, which is under renewal and the other mine ML no. 10/89 is up to June, 2013, which is reported to have been revoked by GoR, revision application filed before the Tribunal of MoM, GOI, challenging the GoR order dated 9.1.2006.  The mine working will be underground.  The surface rights will be required only for 4.5 ha within the mine lease.  No forestland is involved.  It has been reported that no national park / sanctuary / biosphere reserves exist in the 10 km of the mine lease. It has been reported that based on field observations, the dominant peak frequency of vibration have been taken into account and the safe limit of peak particle velocity has been taken as 15 mm/sec.  The studies done in this regard have recommended the blasts to be conducted with maximum explosive weight per delay of 50 kg and total amount of explosives in each blast round should not exceed 400 kg to ensure safety of village hutments. The baseline AAQ data presented showed the levels essentially within prescribed limits.  The Banas river passes through the mine lease.  It has been reported that there are no faults / major fractures connecting river with mineralized zone and no percolation of river water is expected in the mine.  Inflow of groundwater in the mine has been estimated as 50 kld, which will be pumped out and used for dust separation.  Based on the hydro-geological study, it has been reported that the radius of influence of pumped out water will be 50 m.  Further, the stage of groundwater development is reported to be 85% and 80% in core and buffer zone respectively and thereby these are designated as critically exploited areas.  The pumped out water will be used to meet the water requirement of the mine, which is estimated as 60 kld.  The difference of the requirement will be obtained from Matri Kunda Dam.  It was observed that the ground water quality of the area is bad having high levels of fluoride as well as TDS.  The proponent clarified that they are proposing to install a RO plant and a joint venture is proposed to supply of drinking water.  The issues relating to mine subsidence were also discussed. The proponent stated that the insignificant surface strain rules out any subsidence. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project, however it was clarified that there is a matter pending in the tribunal for final decision regarding execution of lease which is linked to grant of environmental clearance. 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for grant of environmental clearance to the two leases as two separate clearances subject to following conditions:-

(i)                Quality of mine discharge shall be monitored and necessary treatment as may be required shall be given to the mine water before discharge so as to conform the prescribed standards. 

(ii)              Monitoring of groundwater table shall be carried out by installing piezometer wells and records maintained.  It shall be ensured that the groundwater table is not depleted; rather efforts should be made to improve the water table in the area. 

(iii)            Necessary prior clearance from Central Ground Water Authority shall be obtained for pumping of groundwater. 

(iv)            The proponent shall make necessary arrangements as envisaged for installation of RO plant through a joint venture for supplying drinking water to the nearby areas as well as to the mine workers.  It shall be ensured that high fluoride groundwater is not used for drinking at any stage. 

(v)              The safeguard measures to avoid occupational health impact due to lead dust and lead poisoning shall be taken.

(vi)            Necessary safeguard measures shall be taken to guard against any mine subsidence. 

(vii)          It shall be also ensured that there is no flooding of the mine due to the Banas river passing through the mine lease.  Necessary safeguard measures in this regard shall be taken right from the initial stages and a disaster management plan addressing this issue shall be put in place. 

2.14   Silica Sand Mine of Shri Devendra Sharma located at village Nangal, District Bharatpur, Rajasthan (Consultant: R.K. Consultant, Jodhpur) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 5,000 TPA of silica sand.  The mine lease area is 5 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It has been considered as Category ‘A’ due to its location within 10 km of the inter-state boundary of Haryana.  Life of mine is 57 years.  Mine working will be opencast involving drilling and blasting.  The ultimate working depth will be 220 m AMSL.  Groundwater table varies between 190 – 185 m AMSL.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 23.4.2008.  Public hearing was held on 20.7.2009.  It was observed that the AAQ data contained in the EIA report in respect of some of the stations was the same as in EIA report of other projects prepared by the same consultant.  These projects were namely; Quartz, Mica, Kyanite & Vermiculite Mine of Shri Radha Kishan Sharma, Sand Stone Mining Project of Thekedar Dinesh Kumar Pandey, Sand Stone Mine of Smt Ramveti Devi and China Clay and Soapstone Mine of Shri Mahadev Mining Works.  When this fact of identical data was pointed out during the meeting, the proponent and their consultant clarified that it is a mistake which has crept in during preparation of report due to cut and paste.  The Committee did not agree to this clarification as the data became suspicious and unreliable.  In view of the unreliable data contained in the EIA report, the Committee rejected the proposal. 

2.15          Sandstone Mine of Smt. Ramveti Devi, located at village Bahadurpur, District Karauli, Rajasthan (Consultant: R.K. Consultant, Jodhpur)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease, which fall due since November, 1999 and enhancement of production from 15,050 TPA to 40,000 TPA of sand stone (minor mineral).  The mine lease area is 519.5 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Life of mine is 328 years.  Mine working will be opencast manual involving drilling and blasting.  The ultimate working depth will be 294 m AMSL.  Groundwater table varies between 280 – 270 m AMSL.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 3.1.2008.  Public hearing was held on 20.2.2009.  It was observed that the AAQ data contained in the EIA report in respect of some of the stations was the same as in EIA report of other projects prepared by the same consultant.  These projects were namely; Quartz, Mica, Kyanite & Vermiculite Mine of Shri Radha Kishan Sharma, Sand Stone Mining Project of Thekedar Dinesh Kumar Pandey, Silica Sand Mine of Shri Devendra Sharma and Soapstone Mine of Shri Mahadev Mining Works.  When this fact of identical data was pointed out during the meeting, the proponent and their consultant clarified that it is a mistake which has crept in during preparation of report due to cut and paste.  The Committee did not agree to this clarification as the data became suspicious and unreliable.  In view of the unreliable data contained in the EIA report, the Committee rejected the proposal. 

2.16   China Clay & Soapstone Mine of Shri Mahadev Mining Works located at village Nathum, District Bhilwara, Rajasthan (Consultant: R.K. Consultant, Jodhpur) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of china clay to 61,000 TPA and soapstone to 5,000 TPA.  The mine lease area is 67.875 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Life of mine is 5 years for china clay and 8 years for soapstone.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting.  The ultimate working depth will be 326 m AMSL.  Groundwater table varies between 315 – 313 mRL.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 15.12.2009.  Public hearing was held on 26.8.2010.  It was observed that the AAQ data contained in the EIA report in respect of some of the stations was the same as in EIA report of other projects prepared by the same consultant.  These projects were namely; Quartz, Mica, Kyanite & Vermiculite Mine of Shri Radha Kishan Sharma, Sand Stone Mining Project of Thekedar Dinesh Kumar Pandey, Silica Sand Mine of Shri Devendra Sharma and Sand Stone Mine of Smt Ramveti Devi.  When this fact of identical data was pointed out during the meeting, the proponent and their consultant clarified that it is a mistake which has crept in during preparation of report due to cut and paste.  The Committee did not agree to this clarification as the data became suspicious and unreliable.  In view of the unreliable data contained in the EIA report, the Committee rejected the proposal. 

2.17   Mill Stone Mining Project of M/s Surendra Kumar Sharma, village Tali Hill, District Karauli, Rajasthan (TOR)

          The consideration of the proposal was deferred to the next meeting to be held in January, 2011 as no authorized representative of the proponent was present during the meeting. 

2.18          Chhuinpalli Quartzite Mining Project of M/s Tata Refractories Ltd., Village Chhuinpalli of Tehsil Lakhanpur, District Jharsuguda, Orissa (Consultant: M/s Kalyani Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of quartzite from 6,000 TPA to 1,50,000 TPA.  It is a violation case as the production from the mine started without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance.  As the project is located in District Jharsuguda, an identified critically polluted area, the proponent got a letter sent from Central Pollution Control Board enclosing therewith a letter from State Pollution Control Board stating that the said mine is not coming within the critically polluted cluster of Ib Valley – Jharsuguda area.  In view of the requisite clarifications the proposal was considered further.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 31.10.2008.   Public hearing was held on 6.8.2010.  The mine is reported to be closed presently since 12.11.2009 for want of environmental clearance.  The mine lease area is 102.123 ha.  No forestland is stated to be involved in the project although at the time of TOR it was stated that an area of 83.791 ha is forestland.  As it was observed to be a significant variation from the earlier information, it was desired that a clear certification from the competent authority of the Forest Department in the State Govt. should be provided whether the said mine lease involves any forestland or not. Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised method involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 50 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 225 mRL for Block A and 270 mRL for Block B.  The groundwater table is reported at 200 mRL. Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Kelo river is reported at a distance of 1 km from the mine lease within HFL of 192 mRL.  The Hirakud back water is reported at 0.3 km.  It is estimated that 58710 m3 of OB will be generated during the conceptual period.  The AAQ data presented showed that the levels are within prescribed limits.  It was, however, observed that the data presented was for the summer season of 2008 i.e. prior to prescribing of TOR.  It was, therefore, desired that at least one month current AAQ data may be collected and submitted to revalidate the AAQ trends in the area.  Although, it was reported that Debrigarh Sanctuary is located at 11.61 km from the mine lease; however, no authenticated supporting documents was submitted and accordingly it was desired to submit to the same.  Greenbelt will be developed in an area of 3.75 ha. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting. It was reported that the there is no court case pending against the project.

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee sought information on the following:-

(i)                A clear certification from the competent authority in the Forest Department of the State Government whether any forestland is involved in the said mine lease area or not. 

(ii)              An authenticated map showing the distance of Debrigarh Sanctuary from the mine lease.  It may also be shown on the map whether any other national park or sanctuary or wildlife corridors exists within 10 km of the mine lease. 

(iii)            One month AAQ data should be collected afresh and submitted to show the trend of AAQ data vis-à-vis the earlier collected AAQ data.  The measurement of respirable silica in ambient air should also be carried out.  While presenting the results the information relating to sampling location, date and time, names of persons on whom exposure assessment has been done, calibration method, duration of sample etc should be given. 

(iv)            As the Hirakud backwater is reported to be just at a distance of 300 m from the mine lease, the impact of the said mine on the Hirakud reservoir both in terms of the quantity of water going into the dam as well as siltation of the dam should be furnished. Comments of the Hirakud Reservoir Management Authority / State Irrigation Department in this regard should be provided. 

(v)              The risk assessment as per TOR no. (xxix) as given in the EIA report does not bring out the risk associated with the mining activities to the reservoir, this may be clearly detailed. 

(vi)            The conceptual post mine land use and reclamation and rehabilitation plan as per TOR no. (xxvi) should be provided. 

It was decided that the proposal may be brought back before the Committee for its further consideration after the requisite information as mentioned above has been submitted. 

2.19          Jaduguda Mines & Ore Processing Plant of M/s Uranium Corporation of India Ltd. located at District Jaduguda, Jharkhand (Consultant: Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research, Dhanbad)

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on October 20-22, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  It was noted that the modified mine plan over mine lease area of 388.23 ha has been approved by Atomic Mineral Directorate for Exploration and Research, the Competent Authority for the purpose.  It includes 79.89 ha of forestland.  Total plantation area will be 79 ha.  The width of plantation along the periphery varies between 15 – 300 m.  The water requirement for plantation is estimated as 40 kld.  The higher levels of NOx reported was clarified to be due to the location of the AAQ monitoring stations on the periphery of the colony getting contribution from transport vehicles.  Safeguard measures has been proposed for control of RSPM and NOx.  It was reported that the health physics unit of BARC periodically monitors groundwater quality around tailing ponds as a part of regular radiological surveillance. The results showed that there is no contamination of radionuclide in groundwater due to operation of tailing pond.  The issues raised during public hearing were also clarified.  The other issues raised by the Committee were clarified as well. 

        Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance.

2.20          Vithaldeo Dolomite & Marble Mine of M/s Supreme Marble & Granite Ltd., located in village Malwasa, Tehsil Banswara, District Banswara, Rajasthan(Reconsideration Case)

          The consideration of the proposal was deferred as the project proponent did not attend the meeting.

2.21          Purunapani & Bhojpur & Dolomite Mine of M/s Kalinga Limestone Mine located at District Sundergarh, Orissa (Consultant: M/s Sun Consultancy and Services, Bhubaneswar)

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on October 20-22, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  The coordinates of the site were furnished.  It was stated that Khatma nallah is a seasonal nallah and is at a distance of about 60 m from the southern boundary of the mine lease.  A retaining wall will be constructed all along the nallah to avoid any toppling of water and getting into the mine lease area during monsoon season.  A safety distance of 50 m all along the inside lease boundary will be maintained thereby a total safety distance will be 110 m from the bank of the nallah.  The bed of Khatma nallah is at 206 m AMSL and bank of Khatma nallah is at 208 m AMSL.  The water level is reported to rise by only up to the maximum 0.5 m from the bed level of the nallah.  The lease area elevation varies between 212-220 m AMSL.  Based on the geology of the site, it was stated that the rock type are quartzite and schist up to 30 m depth, which are impervious rocks.  The ultimate pit limit will be up to 200 m AMSL.  As a result, mine inundation due to the nallah is not likely.  However, sub surface seepage, if any, as also rainwater will be pumped out and used in the mine.  Information relating to biological survey was also provided showing presence of elephant in the study area for which conservation plan will be prepared.  It was stated that no national park / sanctuary / wildlife corridor exists within 10 km of the mine lease.  A map duly authenticated by DFO, Rourkela Forest Division has been provided.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered.  The other issues raised by the Committee were clarified as well. 

        Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to the following conditions:

(i)                Specific safeguard measures shall be taken to ensure that no inundation of mine take place even under high flood level.

(ii)              The drainage of the area should not be modified that the new areas become prone to flooding as a result of proposed retention wall along the nallah as safeguard to the mine.  

2.22          Goendamal Graphite Mine of M/s Natwar Lal Agrawal, village Goendamal, District Bolangir, Orissa (Consultant: M/s Kalyani Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The proposal is for enhancement of production of graphite ore to 15,000 TPA.  It is a violation case as the mine was opened in the year 1998-99 without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance.  The mine lease area is 63.771 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast manual method.  Ground water table is reported at 10 m bgl.  Ultimate pit depth will be 305 mRL.  Life of the mine is 12 years. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)                 Year-wise production details since 1994 onwards should be given clearly stating the highest production achieved in any one year prior to 1994.  It may also be categorically informed whether there had been any increase in production after the EIA Notification, 1994 coming into force w.r.t. the highest production achieved prior to 1994. 

2)                 A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

3)                 All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology and should be in the name of the lessee. 

4)                 The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)                 While conducting mineralogical analysis of graphite, presence of Uranium, if any, should be examined and if detected, should be reported forthwith. In the latter event, safeguard measures for its handling as well as protection of workers, population and other living beings in the surrounding area as also other natural resources like water, would become necessary and shall be provided for.

6)                 Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features should be indicated.

7)                 Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases and submitted. 

8)                 Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden Necessary clearance, if any, as may be applicable to such projects due to proximity of the ecologically sensitive areas as mentioned above should be obtained from the State Wildlife Department/ Chief Wildlife Warden under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and copy furnished.

9)                 A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

10)            Impact of change of land use should be given. 

11)            R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people should be furnished.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes prepared accordingly integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

12)            One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna shall be collected and the AAQ data so collected presented date-wise in the EIA and EMP report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for fibro-genic dust should be given. 

13)            Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

14)            The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

15)            Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

16)            Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project should be given.

17)            Impact of the project on the water quality both surface and groundwater should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

18)            Based on actual monitored data, it may clearly be shown whether working will intersect groundwater.  Necessary data and documentation in this regard may be provided.  In case the working will intersect groundwater table, a detailed hydro geological study should be undertaken and report furnished.  Necessary permission from Central Ground Water Authority for working below ground water and for pumping of ground water should also be obtained and copy furnished.

19)            Details of first order stream, if any passing through lease area and modification/ diversion proposed, if any and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

20)            Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project should be provided. 

21)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table etc. should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

22)            Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc. to be brought out).  

23)            The reclamation plan, post mine land use and progressive greenbelt development plan shall be prepared in tabular form (prescribed format) and submitted.  

24)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be indicated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) should be worked out, indicating whether it is capable of handling the increased load.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated (including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government) should be covered.

25)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

26)            Conceptual post mining land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

27)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation should be charted clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted. The details of plantation already done should be given. 

28)            Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard including fibro-genic dust, uranium, if any, should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

29)            Measures of socio economic significance and influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be indicated.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

30)            Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts which, should inter-alia also include the impact due to change of land use, due to loss of agricultural land and grazing land, if any, occupational health impacts besides other impacts of the projects. 

31)            Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

32)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

33)            The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points should also be followed:-

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)     Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)    Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)    While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area, (ii) geological maps and sections and (iii) sections of the mine pit and external dumps, if any, clearly showing the land features of the adjoining area. 

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.23          Khapa Pardiwar Manganese Ore Mine of M/s Modern Mineral Industry, village Khapa Pardiwar, Tehsil Sausar, District Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh (TOR) 

          The consideration of the proposal was deferred as the project proponent did not attend the meeting. 

2.24          Manganese Ore Mine of M/s Modern Mineral Industry, village Madkasur, Tehsil Bichwa, District Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh (TOR)

The consideration of the proposal was deferred as the project proponent did not attend the meeting. 

2.25          Collection of minor mineral from Jakhan-1 River of M/s Uttarakhand Forest Development Corporation, Uttarakhand (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., New Delhi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for extraction of 5.85 lakh TPA of reta, bajri and boulder (minor mineral) from the river bed of Jakhan river, District Dehradun, Uttarakhand.  The mine lease area is 195 ha covering a stretch of 6.4 km length, which is a forestland.  The project area falls in Shivalik Elephant Reserve and Doon Valley Reserve.  It was reported that out of 195 ha, working will be restricted to 97.5 ha in the middle of the river.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 18.1.2010.  Public hearing was held on 24.9.2010.  The mine working will be opencast manual without involving drilling and blasting in the nature of surface mining.  The working depth will be restricted to 1.5 m.  No working will be undertaken during monsoon season.  Transportation of mineral will be by road.  The ambient air quality of the area is reported to be within prescribed limits.  The drinking water requirement will be met from nearby areas.  As regards, the mine plan, it was stated that in the State of Uttarakhand, there is no requirement of mine plan for miner mineral. A letter dated 23.10.2010 from Principal Secretary, Govt. of Uttarakhand was submitted in this regard.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that the there is no court case pending against the project. 

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee sought information on the following:-

(i)                An authenticated map showing location of National Park / Sanctuary / Wildlife Reserves as per TOR no. (viii) should be provided.  NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden for locating the mine within elephant reserve is required.

(ii)              Primary survey of flora and fauna including acquatic fauna as per TOR no. (ix) should be carried out and details furnished. 

(iii)            Mineral transportation route along with its impact on habitation as well as wildlife habitat should be clearly brought out and details furnished.  In addition, TOR no. (xx) may also be referred and addressed.

(iv)            A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

(v)              History of mine should be given clearly indicating the material balance with respect to removal of mineral and its replenishment and its impact on the change of river course, if any. The TOR no. (x) may also be referred in this regard. 

(vi)            Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing with time schedule and financial allocation may be furnished.

(vii)          Details of the facilities to be provided for meeting any emergency situation arising during working at site, may be indicated.  Injury prevention programme should be clearly spelt out. 

(viii)        Maximum work force to be employed at any given point of time at site should be given. The requisite infrastructure facilities to be provided to these workers in conformity with their strength should be given. 

(ix)            Period of LOI should be specified with supporting documents. 

(x)              The environmental appraisal Questionnaire should be correctly filled in providing information against each point as explained during the meeting along with requisite enclosures and annexures and submitted. 

It was decided that the proposal be brought back before the Committee for its further consideration after the requisite information as mentioned above has been received.

2.26          Collection of minor mineral from Jakhan-2 River of M/s Uttarakhand Forest Development Corporation, Uttarakhand (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., New Delhi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for extraction of 2.25 lakh TPA of reta, bajri and boulder (minor mineral) from the river bed of Jakhan river, District Dehradun, Uttarakhand.  The mine lease area is 100 ha covering a stretch of 4 km length, which is a forestland.  The project area falls in Shivalik Elephant Reserve and Doon Valley Reserve.  It was reported that out of 100 ha, working will be restricted to 50 ha in the middle of the river.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 18.1.2010.  Public hearing was held on 29.9.2010.  The mine working will be opencast manual without involving drilling and blasting in the nature of surface mining.  The working depth will be restricted to 1.5 m.  No working will be undertaken during monsoon season.  Transportation of mineral will be by road.  The ambient air quality of the area is reported to be within prescribed limits.  The drinking water requirement will be met from nearby areas.  As regards, the mine plan, it was stated that in the State of Uttarakhand, there is no requirement of mine plan for miner mineral.  A letter dated 23.10.2010 from Principal Secretary, Govt. of Uttarakhand was submitted in this regard.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that the there is no court case pending against the project. 

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee sought information on the following:-

(i)                An authenticated map showing location of National Park / Sanctuary / Wildlife Reserves as per TOR no. (viii) should be provided.  NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden for locating the mine within elephant reserve is required.

(ii)              Primary survey of flora and fauna including acquatic fauna as per TOR no. (ix) should be carried out and details furnished. 

(iii)            Mineral transportation route along with its impact on habitation as well as wildlife habitat should be clearly brought out and details furnished.  In addition, TOR no. (xx) may also be referred and addressed.

(iv)            A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

(v)              History of mine should be given clearly indicating the material balance with respect to removal of mineral and its replenishment and its impact on the change of river course, if any. The TOR no. (x) may also be referred in this regard. 

(vi)            Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing with time schedule and financial allocation may be furnished.

(vii)          Details of the facilities to be provided for meeting any emergency situation arising during working at site, may be indicated.  Injury prevention programme should be clearly spelt out. 

(viii)        Maximum work force to be employed at any given point of time at site should be given.  The requisite infrastructure facilities to be provided to these workers in conformity with their strength should be given. 

(ix)            Period of LOI should be specified with supporting documents. 

(x)              The environmental appraisal Questionnaire should be correctly filled in providing information against each point as explained during the meeting along with requisite enclosures and annexures and submitted. 

It was decided that the proposal be brought back before the Committee for its further consideration after the requisite information as mentioned above has been received.

2.27          Collection of minor mineral from Song-3 River of M/s Uttarakhand Forest Development Corporation, Uttarakhand (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., New Delhi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for extraction of 5.4 lakh TPA of reta, bajri and boulder (minor mineral) from the river bed of Song river, District Dehradun, Uttarakhand.  The mine lease area is 270 ha covering a stretch of 6.5 km length, which is a forestland.  The project area falls in Shivalik Elephant Reserve and Doon Valley Reserve.  It was reported that out of 270 ha, working will be restricted to 135 ha in the middle of the river.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 18.1.2010.  Public hearing was held on 22.9.2010.  The mine working will be opencast manual without involving drilling and blasting in the nature of surface mining.  The working depth will be restricted to 1.5 m.  No working will be undertaken during monsoon season.  Transportation of mineral will be by road.  The ambient air quality of the area is reported to be within prescribed limits.  The drinking water requirement will be met from nearby areas.  As regards, the mine plan, it was stated that in the State of Uttarakhand, there is no requirement of mine plan for miner mineral.  A letter dated 23.10.2010 from Principal Secretary, Govt. of Uttarakhand was submitted in this regard.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that the there is no court case pending against the project. 

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee sought information on the following:-

(i)                An authenticated map showing location of National Park / Sanctuary / Wildlife Reserves as per TOR no. (viii) should be provided.  NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden for locating the mine within elephant reserve is required.

(ii)              Primary survey of flora and fauna including acquatic fauna as per TOR no. (ix) should be carried out and details furnished. 

(iii)            Mineral transportation route along with its impact on habitation as well as wildlife habitat should be clearly brought out and details furnished.  In addition, TOR no. (xx) may also be referred and addressed.

(iv)            A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

(v)              History of mine should be given clearly indicating the material balance with respect to removal of mineral and its replenishment and its impact on the change of river course, if any. The TOR no. (x) may also be referred in this regard. 

(vi)            Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing with time schedule and financial allocation may be furnished.

(vii)          Details of the facilities to be provided for meeting any emergency situation arising during working at site, may be indicated.  Injury prevention programme should be clearly spelt out. 

(viii)        Maximum work force to be employed at any given point of time at site should be given.  The requisite infrastructure facilities to be provided to these workers in conformity with their strength should be given. 

(ix)            Period of LOI should be specified with supporting documents. 

(x)              The environmental appraisal Questionnaire should be correctly filled in providing information against each point as explained during the meeting along with requisite enclosures and annexures and submitted. 

It was decided that the proposal be brought back before the Committee for its further consideration after the requisite information as mentioned above has been received.

2.28       Ordinary sand quarry of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, village Burj Tehal Dass, Tehsil Nawanshahar, District Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar, Punjab (7.89 ha)  (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., New Delhi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

                    The proposal is for extraction of 2,36,700 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Satluj, village Burj Tehal Dass, Tehsil Nawanshahar, District Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 7.89 ha.  Since, the State Level Authority (SEIAA) for Punjab is not in place, the proposal has been considered at the Central Level in MoEF.    Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)                All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

2)                The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

3)                Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

4)                The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)                Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

6)                Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

7)                Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

8)                The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

9)                A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

10)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park/Sanctuary, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

11)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

12)            Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

13)            Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

14)            Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna,  site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified. Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report. The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

15)            Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation. The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

16)            The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

17)            Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

18)            Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

19)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

20)            Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

21)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be evaluated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) and whether it is capable of handling the increased load should be estimated.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

22)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be furnished.

23)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted should be provided.

24)            Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These alongwith details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

25)            Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

26)            Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

27)            Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

28)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

29)            The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)     Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)    Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)    While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.29       Sand, Gravel quarry of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, village Nangli H.B.No. 354, Tehsil Nangal, District Rup Nagar, Punjab (51.89 ha)  (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., New Delhi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

                    The proposal is for extraction of 1,80,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Soan, village Nangli H.B.No. 354, Tehsil Nangal, District Rup Nagar, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 51.89 ha.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)                All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

2)                The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

3)                Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

4)                The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)                Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

6)                Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

7)                Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

8)                The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

9)                A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

10)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park/Sanctuary, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

11)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

12)            Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

13)            Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

14)            Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna,  site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

15)            Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

16)            The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

17)            Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

18)            Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

19)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

20)            Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

21)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be evaluated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) and whether it is capable of handling the increased load should be estimated.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

22)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be furnished.

23)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted should be provided.

24)            Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These alongwith details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

25)            Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

26)            Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

27)            Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

28)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

29)            The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)     Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)    Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)    While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.30       Sand, Gravel quarry of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, village Harsabela, H.B.No. 278, Tehsil Nangal, District Rup Nagar, Punjab (134.91 ha)  (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., New Delhi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

                    The proposal is for extraction of 4,76,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Soan, village Harsabela, H.B.No. 278, Tehsil Nangal, District Rup Nagar, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 134.91 ha.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)                All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

2)                The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

3)                Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

4)                The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)                Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

6)                Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

7)                Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

8)                The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

9)                A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

10)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park/Sanctuary, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

11)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

12)            Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

13)            Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

14)            Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna,  site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

15)            Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

16)            The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

17)            Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

18)            Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

19)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

20)            Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

21)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be evaluated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) and whether it is capable of handling the increased load should be estimated.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

22)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be furnished.

23)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted should be provided.

24)            Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These alongwith details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

25)            Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

26)            Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

27)            Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

28)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

29)            The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)     Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)    Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)    While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.31       Sand, Gravel quarry of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, village Algran, H.B.No. 274, Tehsil Nangal, District Rup Nagar, Punjab (60.70 ha)  (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., New Delhi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

                    The proposal is for extraction of 2,08,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Soan, village Algran, H.B.No. 274, Tehsil Nangal, District Rup Nagar, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 60.70 ha.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)                All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

2)                The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

3)                Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

4)                The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)                Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

6)                Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

7)                Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

8)                The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

9)                A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

10)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park/Sanctuary, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

11)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

12)            Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

13)            Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

14)            Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna,  site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

15)            Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

16)            The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

17)            Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

18)            Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

19)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

20)            Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

21)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be evaluated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) and whether it is capable of handling the increased load should be estimated.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

22)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be furnished.

23)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted should be provided.

24)            Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These alongwith details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

25)            Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

26)            Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

27)            Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

28)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

29)            The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)     Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)    Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as presribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)    While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.32       Sand, Gravel quarry of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, village Dyapur, H.B.No. 265, Tehsil Nangal, District Rup Nagar, Punjab (52.68 ha)  (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., New Delhi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

                    The proposal is for extraction of 1,90,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Soan, village Dyapur, H.B.No. 265, Tehsil Nangal, District Rup Nagar, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 52.68 ha.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)                All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

2)                The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

3)                Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

4)                The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)                Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

6)                Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

7)                Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

8)                The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

9)                A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

10)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park/Sanctuary, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

11)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

12)            Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

13)            Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

14)            Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna,  site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

15)            Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

16)            The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

17)            Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

18)            Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

19)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

20)            Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

21)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be evaluated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) and whether it is capable of handling the increased load should be estimated.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

22)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be furnished.

23)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted should be provided.

24)            Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These alongwith details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

25)            Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

26)            Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

27)            Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

28)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

29)            The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)     Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)    Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as presribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)    While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.33       Sand, Gravel quarry of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, village Halerh, H.B.No. 323, Tehsil and District Rup Nagar, Punjab (6.40 ha)  (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., New Delhi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

                    The proposal is for extraction of 18,700 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Satluj, village Halerh, H.B. No. 323, Tehsil and District Rupnagar, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 6.40 ha.  Since, the State Level Authority (SEIAA) for Punjab is not in place, the proposal has been considered at the Central Level in MoEF.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)                All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

2)                The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

3)                Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

4)                The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)                Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

6)                Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

7)                Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

8)                The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

9)                A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

10)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park/Sanctuary, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

11)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

12)            Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

13)            Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

14)            Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna,  site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

15)            Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

16)            The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

17)            Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

18)            Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

19)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

20)            Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

21)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be evaluated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) and whether it is capable of handling the increased load should be estimated.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

22)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be furnished.

23)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted should be provided.

24)            Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These alongwith details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

25)            Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

26)            Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

27)            Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

28)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

29)            The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)     Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)    Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as presribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)    While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.34       Sand, Gravel quarry of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, village Aspur, H.B.No. 9, Tehsil & District Rup Nagar, Punjab (7.17 ha)  (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., New Delhi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

                    The proposal is for extraction of 27,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Soan, village Aspur, H.B. No. 9, Tehsil & District Rup Nagar, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 7.17 ha.  Since, the State Level Authority (SEIAA) for Punjab is not in place, the proposal has been considered at the Central Level in MoEF.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)                All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

2)                The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

3)                Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

4)                The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)                Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

6)                Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

7)                Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

8)                The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

9)                A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

10)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park/Sanctuary, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

11)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

12)            Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

13)            Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

14)            Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna,  site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

15)            Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

16)            The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

17)            Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

18)            Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

19)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

20)            Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

21)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be evaluated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) and whether it is capable of handling the increased load should be estimated.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

22)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be furnished.

23)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted should be provided.

24)            Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These alongwith details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

25)            Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

26)            Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

27)            Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

28)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

29)            The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)     Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)    Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as presribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)    While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.35       Sand, Gravel quarry of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, village Agampur, H.B.No. 360, Tehsil Anandpur Sahib, District Rup Nagar, Punjab (92.37 ha)  (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., New Delhi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

                    The proposal is for extraction of 3,17,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Soan, village Agampur, H.B. No. 360, Tehsil Anandpur Sahib, District Rup Nagar, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 92.37 ha.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)                All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

2)                The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

3)                Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

4)                The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)                Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

6)                Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

7)                Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

8)                The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

9)                A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

10)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park/Sanctuary, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

11)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

12)            Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

13)            Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

14)            Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna,  site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

15)            Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

16)            The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

17)            Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

18)            Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

19)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

20)            Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

21)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be evaluated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) and whether it is capable of handling the increased load should be estimated.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

22)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be furnished.

23)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted should be provided.

24)            Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These alongwith details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

25)            Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

26)            Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

27)            Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

28)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

29)            The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)     Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)    Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as presribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)    While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.36       Sand, Gravel quarry of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, village Baihara, H.B.No. 375, Tehsil Anandpur Sahib, District Rup Nagar, Punjab (53.68 ha)  (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., New Delhi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

                    The proposal is for extraction of 1,77,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river, village Baihara, H.B.No. 375, Tehsil Anandpur Sahib, District Rup Nagar, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 53.68 ha.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)                All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

2)                The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

3)                Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

4)                The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)                Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

6)                Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

7)                Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

8)                The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

9)                A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

10)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park/Sanctuary, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

11)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

12)            Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

13)            Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

14)            Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna,  site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

15)            Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

16)            The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

17)            Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

18)            Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

19)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

20)            Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

21)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be evaluated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) and whether it is capable of handling the increased load should be estimated.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

22)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be furnished.

23)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted should be provided.

24)            Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These alongwith details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

25)            Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

26)            Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

27)            Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

28)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

29)            The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)     Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)    Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as presribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)    While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.37       Sand, Gravel quarry of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, village Chhoula, Tehsil Nakodar, District Jalandhar, Punjab (16.20 ha)  (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., New Delhi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

                    The proposal is for extraction of 4,37,400 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Satluj, village Chhoula, Tehsil Nakodar, District Jalandhar, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 16.20 ha.  Since, the State Level Authority (SEIAA) for Punjab is not in place, the proposal has been considered at the Central Level in MoEF.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)                All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

2)                The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

3)                Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

4)                The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)                Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

6)                Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

7)                Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

8)                The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

9)                A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

10)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park/Sanctuary, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

11)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

12)            Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

13)            Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

14)            Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna,  site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

15)            Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

16)            The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

17)            Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

18)            Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

19)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

20)            Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

21)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be evaluated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) and whether it is capable of handling the increased load should be estimated.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

22)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be furnished.

23)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted should be provided.

24)            Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These alongwith details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

25)            Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

26)            Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

27)            Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

28)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

29)            The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)     Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)    Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as presribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)    While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.38       Sand, Gravel quarry of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, village Dhagara, Tehsil Phillaur, District Jalandhar, Punjab (28.68 ha)  (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., New Delhi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

                    The proposal is for extraction of 7,74,360 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Satluj, village Dhagara, Tehsil Phillaur, District Jalandhar, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 28.68 ha.  Since, the State Level Authority (SEIAA) for Punjab is not in place, the proposal has been considered at the Central Level in MoEF.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)                All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

2)                The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

3)                Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

4)                The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)                Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

6)                Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

7)                Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

8)                The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

9)                A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

10)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park/Sanctuary, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

11)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

12)            Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

13)            Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

14)            Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna,  site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

15)            Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

16)            The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

17)            Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

18)            Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

19)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

20)            Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

21)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be evaluated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) and whether it is capable of handling the increased load should be estimated.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

22)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be furnished.

23)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted should be provided.

24)            Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These alongwith details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

25)            Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

26)            Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

27)            Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

28)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

29)            The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)     Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)    Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as presribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)    While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.39       Sand, Gravel quarry of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, village Swarha H.B. No. 275, Tehsil Anandpur Sahib, District Rup Nagar, Punjab (72.45 ha)  (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., New Delhi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

                    The proposal is for extraction of 2,41,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Soan, village Swarha, Tehsil Anandpur Sahib, District Rup Nagar, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 72.45 ha.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)                All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

2)                The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

3)                Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

4)                The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)                Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

6)                Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

7)                Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

8)                The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

9)                A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

10)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park/Sanctuary, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

11)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

12)            Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

13)            Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

14)            Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna, site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

15)            Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

16)            The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

17)            Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

18)            Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

19)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

20)            Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

21)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be evaluated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) and whether it is capable of handling the increased load should be estimated.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

22)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be furnished.

23)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted should be provided.

24)            Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These alongwith details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

25)            Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

26)            Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

27)            Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

28)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

29)            The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)     Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)    Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as presribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)    While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.40       Sand, Gravel quarry of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, village Manguwal H.B. No. 333, Tehsil & District Rupnagar, Punjab (8.71 ha)  (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., New Delhi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

                    The proposal is for extraction of 30,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Satluj, village Manguwal, Tehsil & District Rupnagar, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 8.71 ha.  Since, the State Level Authority (SEIAA) for Punjab is not in place, the proposal has been considered at the Central Level in MoEF.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)                All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

2)                The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

3)                Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

4)                The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)                Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

6)                Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

7)                Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

8)                The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

9)                A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

10)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park/Sanctuary, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

11)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

12)            Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

13)            Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

14)            Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna,  site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

15)            Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

16)            The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

17)            Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

18)            Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

19)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

20)            Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

21)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be evaluated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) and whether it is capable of handling the increased load should be estimated.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

22)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be furnished.

23)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted should be provided.

24)            Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These alongwith details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

25)            Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

26)            Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

27)            Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

28)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

29)            The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)     Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)    Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as presribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)    While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.41       Sand, Gravel quarry of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, village Kakrala, Tehsil & District Rupnagar, Punjab (11.11 ha)  (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., New Delhi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

                    The proposal is for extraction of 27,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Satluj H.B. No. 332, village Kakrala, Tehsil & District Rupnagar, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 11.11 ha.  Since, the State Level Authority (SEIAA) for Punjab is not in place, the proposal has been considered at the Central Level in MoEF.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)                All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

2)                The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

3)                Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

4)                The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)                Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

6)                Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

7)                Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

8)                The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

9)                A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

10)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park/Sanctuary, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

11)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

12)            Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

13)            Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

14)            Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna,  site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

15)            Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

16)            The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

17)            Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

18)            Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

19)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

20)            Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

21)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be evaluated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) and whether it is capable of handling the increased load should be estimated.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

22)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be furnished.

23)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted should be provided.

24)            Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These alongwith details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

25)            Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

26)            Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

27)            Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

28)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

29)            The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)     Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)    Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as presribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)    While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.42       Sand, Gravel quarry of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, village Diwarhi, Tehsil & District Rupnagar, Punjab (10.27 ha)  (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., New Delhi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

                    The proposal is for extraction of 26,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Satluj, village Diwarhi, Tehsil & District Rupnagar, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 10.27 ha.  Since, the State Level Authority (SEIAA) for Punjab is not in place, the proposal has been considered at the Central Level in MoEF.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)                All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

2)                The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

3)                Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

4)                The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)                Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

6)                Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

7)                Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

8)                The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

9)                A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

10)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park/Sanctuary, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

11)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

12)            Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

13)            Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

14)            Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna,  site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

15)            Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

16)            The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

17)            Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

18)            Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

19)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

20)            Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

21)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be evaluated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) and whether it is capable of handling the increased load should be estimated.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

22)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be furnished.

23)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted should be provided.

24)            Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These alongwith details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

25)            Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

26)            Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

27)            Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

28)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

29)            The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)     Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)    Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as presribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)    While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.43       Sand, Gravel quarry of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, village Burj Bussan, Tehsil Phillaur, District Jalandhar, Punjab (20.66 ha)  (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., New Delhi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

                    The proposal is for extraction of 5,57,820 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Satluj, village Burj Busan, Tehsil Phillaur, District Jalandhar, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 20.66 ha.  Since, the State Level Authority (SEIAA) for Punjab is not in place, the proposal has been considered at the Central Level in MoEF.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)                All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

2)                The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

3)                Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

4)                The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)                Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

6)                Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

7)                Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

8)                The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

9)                A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

10)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park/Sanctuary, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

11)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

12)            Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

13)            Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

14)            Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna,  site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

15)            Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

16)            The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

17)            Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

18)            Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

19)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

20)            Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

21)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be evaluated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) and whether it is capable of handling the increased load should be estimated.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

22)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be furnished.

23)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted should be provided.

24)            Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These alongwith details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

25)            Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

26)            Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

27)            Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

28)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

29)            The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)     Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)    Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as presribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)    While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.44       Sand, Gravel quarry of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, village Sangowal, Tehsil Phillaur, District Jalandhar, Punjab (19.60 ha)  (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., New Delhi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

                    The proposal is for extraction of 5,29,200 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Satluj, village Sangowal, Tehsil Phillaur, District Jalandhar, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 19.60 ha.  Since, the State Level Authority (SEIAA) for Punjab is not in place, the proposal has been considered at the Central Level in MoEF.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)                All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

2)                The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

3)                Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

4)                The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)                Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

6)                Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

7)                Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

8)                The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

9)                A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

10)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park/Sanctuary, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

11)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

12)            Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

13)            Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

14)            Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna,  site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

15)            Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

16)            The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

17)            Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

18)            Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

19)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

20)            Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

21)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be evaluated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) and whether it is capable of handling the increased load should be estimated.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

22)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be furnished.

23)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted should be provided.

24)            Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These alongwith details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

25)            Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

26)            Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

27)            Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

28)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

29)            The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)     Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)    Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as presribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)    While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.45       Sand, Gravel quarry of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, village Lassara, Tehsil Phillaur, District Jalandhar, Punjab (22.40 ha)  (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., New Delhi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

                    The proposal is for extraction of 6,04,800 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Satluj, village Lassara, Tehsil Phillaur, District Jalandhar, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 22.40 ha.  Since, the State Level Authority (SEIAA) for Punjab is not in place, the proposal has been considered at the Central Level in MoEF.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)                All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

2)                The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

3)                Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

4)                The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)                Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

6)                Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

7)                Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

8)                The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

9)                A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

10)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park/Sanctuary, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

11)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

12)            Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

13)            Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

14)            Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna,  site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

15)            Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

16)            The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

17)            Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

18)            Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

19)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

20)            Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

21)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be evaluated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) and whether it is capable of handling the increased load should be estimated.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

22)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be furnished.

23)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted should be provided.

24)            Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These alongwith details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

25)            Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

26)            Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

27)            Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

28)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

29)            The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)     Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)    Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as presribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)    While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.46       Sand, Gravel quarry of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, village Raipur Saani, Tehsil Anandpur Sahib, District Rupnagar, Punjab (41.44 ha)  (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., New Delhi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

                    The proposal is for extraction of 2,20,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Satluj, village Raipur Saani, Tehsil Anandpur Sahib, District Rupnagar, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 41.44 ha.  Since, the State Level Authority (SEIAA) for Punjab is not in place, the proposal has been considered at the Central Level in MoEF.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)                All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

2)                The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

3)                Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

4)                The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)                Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

6)                Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

7)                Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

8)                The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

9)                A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

10)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park/Sanctuary, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

11)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

12)            Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

13)            Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

14)            Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna,  site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

15)            Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

16)            The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

17)            Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

18)            Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

19)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.