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

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 22ND MEETING OF EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL APPRAISAL OF MINING PROJECTS CONSTITUTED UNDER EIA NOTIFICATION, 2006.

The 22nd meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Environmental Appraisal of Mining Projects of the Ministry of Environment and Forests was held on December 22-23, 2011.  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 21st Meeting.

The minutes of the 21st meeting were confirmed as circulated subject to the following modifications:

(i)      In item no. 2.11, the title of the project may be read as “Mining of Sand Stone and Bajri of M/s Om Stone Crusher, Village Hagwal, Tehsil Nurpur, District Kangara, Himachal Pradesh.”

(ii)     In itme no. 2.20 the title of the project may be read as “Mining of Sand Stone and Bajri of Shri R.K. Mahajan, Village Khanni, Tehsil Nurpur, District Kangara, Himachal Pradesh.”

2.1    Gonua Iron & Manganese Ore Mines of M/s M.G. Mohanty, Village Gonua, District Sundergarh, Orissa (EC)

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

2.2     Karampada Iron Ore Mine of M/s Singhbhum Mineral Co., Chaibasa, District West Singhbhum, Jharkhand (141.64 ha)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same. The proponent at the outset informed the Committee that the consultant who was hired by the proponent for preparing the EIA report namely M/s Visiontek Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar is not accredited by QCI and hence the proponent made the presentation himself. The proposal is for enhancement of production of iron ore from 0.0163 million TPA to 0.4006 million TPA and renewal of mine lease which is due since 1996. TOR for this project were prescribed on 4.9.2008.  Public hearing has been held on 9.8.2010. The mine lease area is 141.64 ha, which is a forestland. It was reported that 18.975 ha of forestland is broken prior to 1980. The mine lease is located within core zone of Saranda Elephant Reserve. No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease. The proponent have submitted proposal for diversion of 38.537 ha of forestland including the already broken up area. The highest production achieved prior to 1994 is reported to be 16,300.5 TPA. The mine is reported to have been worked up to 1993 and closed thereafter. It was observed that the mining scheme is approved only up to 2010-11. Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting. Life of mine is 15 years for the existing broken up area and 140 years for the entire area. Water requirement for the project is estimated as 70 kld, which will be obtained from Kande nallah. 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.

 

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

(i)      Approved mining scheme beyond 2011 need to be provided.

(ii)      Map showing the location of Sanctuary / National Park / Wildlife Corridors etc. w.r.t. the mine duly authenticated by the Chief Wildlife Warden should be furnished. Necessary clearance, as applicable for locating the mine within core zone of elephant reserve should be obtained from the Competent Authority and copy furnished.

(iii)     Wildlife Conservation Plan need to be prepared and a copy of the approved plan so prepared by the Competent Authority should be furnished.

(iv)     Date wise AAQ data need to be furnished.

(v)      Copy of the application submitted for FC clearance should be furnished.

(vi)     Inconsistency in soil data was observed. This needs to be rechecked.

(vii)    The filled in Questionnaire for environmental appraisal and the EIA report were found to be mutually inconsistent. This should be rectified.

(viii)   Noise data should be rechecked and details furnished.

(ix)     Location of the monitoring stations were found to be inappropriate. It was desired that the monitoring network should be designed properly taking into account the predominant downwind direction, sensitive receptors, habitation etc. and one season data should be collected afresh.

(x)      The project being located in identified severely polluted area, comments of SPCB were essential which have not yet been received. Follow up is necessary.

(xi)     It may be shown on location map that the proposed area for working is the same for which the forestry clearance has been sought / requested.

(xii)    Occupational hazards should to be identified group wise (nature of job wise) and action plan prepared accordingly to control the same.

(xiii)   The water quality analysis showed the various parameters as BDL, which needs to be quantified in terms of the least count of the measuring equipment.

(xiv)   The drawings submitted in the documents were of poor quality and need to be improved.

(xv)    Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing should be prepared and submitted along with time frame.

 

          Based on the presentation made and discussions held, it was decided that the further consideration of the proposal may be deferred and file may be closed till the project proponent submits all the requisite details as pointed out above.

2.3     Thakurani Iron Ore Mine of M/s Padam Kumar Jain, located at District West Singhbhoom (Jharkhand) (EC)

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

2.4    Godadih Mahal no. 2 Limestone Mine of M/s Jindal Steel and Power, located at District Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh (121.69 Hac) (Consultant: Min Mec Consultancy Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi)

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 1.54 million TPA (ROM) of limestone for use in their cement plant at a distance of about 135 km from the mine lease. TOR for this project were prescribed on 6.4.2010.  Public hearing has been held on 2.4.2011. The mine lease area is 121.69 ha, which include 24.414 ha of forestland and 89.166 ha of private agriculture land (single crop). No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease. The proponent have submitted a map authenticated by the PCCF (Wildlife) in this regard. The proponent have also prepared a Wildlife Conservation Plan. Mine working will be opencast mechanized using shovel dumper combination. Life of mine is 9 years. Ultimate depth of the mine will be 43 mbgl. Groundwater table is reported to vary between 5 – 12 mbgl. Mine working will intersect groundwater table. It was stated that the railway siding is at a distance of 35 km from the mine. The mineral transportation up to railway siding will be by road and thereafter it will be by rail. Soradih and Chelati villages are located close by. There are two ponds between the village and the mine lease. 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.

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

(i)      Copy of the mine plan approval letter need to be furnished.

(ii)      A letter / undertaking owning the EIA report and other documents as per the procedure prescribed by MoEF should be submitted.

(iii)     Filled in Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining project should be submitted.

(iv)     Details of land use should be provided.

(v)      Details of the grazing land along with the live stock survey and the impact of the project on the same should be given. The action proposed to address this issue should also be included in the EMP.

(vi)     It was observed that there is a pond partly in the mine lease and partly outside. The impact of mining on these ponds in the context of availability of water in the pond and its usage by the villagers need to be clearly spelt out.

(vii)    It was observed that a road and power line are passing in the mine pit area. Action plan to divert the same needs to be given as part of the EMP.

(viii)   The impact of the project on the land less agricultural labour should be given. The details of R&R / compensation addressing these issues should be given.

(ix)     The impact of the project on the hutments / habitation near the proposed mine should be clearly brought out. given.

(x)      It was observed that no water quality monitoring station has been taken in the ponds as part of the baseline data collection for the purpose of EIA. Water quality of the ponds need to be collected and furnished.

(xi)     The water quality of GW5 was observed to be bad. It needs to be ensured that no water is drawn and used from that bore well.

(xii)    It was reported that the stage of groundwater development is 70%. In view of the same necessary permission from the State Ground Water Board for pumping of groundwater for mining below water table may be obtained in first place and copy furnished as the water table is proposed to be intersected in the first year itself.

(xiii)   The air quality data showed inter mixing of seasons, this aspects need to be clarified and one season data should be given.

(xiv)   The air quality analysis should also give data on free silica in particulate matter.

(xv)    It was observed that the flora and fauna information is given from secondary sources. The source their authenticity etc. is not known. It was desired that biological data should be given based on primary survey.

(xvi)   Plan for forest management should be given.

(xvii)  Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing along with time frame should be drawn up and furnished.

 

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 by the proponent.

 

2.5    Mahagiri Mines (Chromite) of M/s Indian Metals and Ferro Alloys located at District Jajpur, Odisha (Consultant: Min Mec Consultancy Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi)

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on September 21-23, 2011 for modification of the condition regarding change of technology from opencast to underground working in respect of the above mentioned mine which was granted clearance in December, 2008. 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 proponent made a detailed presentation on in the compliance status of the earlier EC conditions. Based on the detailed hydro-geological study, it was reported that the radius of influence will be about 644 meters. The present status of groundwater development is reported at 41.59%, which will increase to 42.99% due to underground mining. It was also reported that the groundwater level in Mahagiri test well was observed at 127 mRL. The quality of water was reported to be potable and absence of hexavalent chromium in groundwater was reported. The quantity of mine discharge to be pumped will be 79.2 m3/hr. The air quality near the exit of decline mouth has been monitored during September – October, 2011 and the results show the level to be within permissible limit. Further, the one month baseline AAQ data collected for the month of September-October, 2011 also showed the values within permissible limits. The collected dust fall was also analysed for its mineralogical composition and results furnished. It was stated that the opencast production is likely to cease by 2015-16. The impact from underground mining on ambient air quality is expected to be from ventilation exhaust and transportation of mineral. It was also stated that 10/15 tonnes trucks will be used for transportation of mineral. Subsidence, due to underground mining would be negligible as back-filling of stopes is envisaged, for which purpose, necessary study on design of backfilling technology has been carried out by Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research. Brahmani river sand has been found to be suitable for backfilling. It is estimated that from development of underground mine and ore production, about 1.0 lakh m3 of waste will be generated till the end of conceptual period, which will be stacked within the mine lease area. All the other issues raised by the Committee were also clarified by the proponent.

Another issue which came up during the meeting was that the mine lease is in the name of M/s Indian Charge Chrome Ltd. It was clarified by the proponent that the Hon’ble High Court of Orissa has by its order and judgment dated 13.10.2006 sanctioned the composite scheme of arrangement and amalgamation between Indian Charge Chrome Ltd. and Indian Metals and Ferro Alloys Ltd. The scheme of amalgamation and or merger sanctioned by the Hon’ble High Court has an effect of legally vesting inter-alia, all assets, properties, rights, titles, interests including mining leases / rights, clearances, permits, licenses, statutory approvals of Indian Charge Chrome Ltd. in the merged entity i.e. Indian Metals and Ferro Alloys Ltd. by operation of law without any further acts or deeds. It was also stated that the Director of Mines, Orissa vide letter dated 17.1.2008 has recommended to Govt. of Orissa for its approval for transfer and execution of mine lease in favour of IMFA. IBM has approved mine plan in the name of IMFA. The earlier EC dated 10.12.2008 was also granted in the name of M/s IMFA.

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee recommended the project for environment clearance for working by underground method in addition to continuation of existing opencast mining for which EC was granted earlier subject to MoEF taking a view with regard to the legalities involved, if any, relating to the transfer of mine lease from M/s Indian Charge Chrome Ltd. to M/s Indian Metals and Ferro Alloys Ltd.

                      

2.6    Amtipani Bauxite Mine of Shri B.N. Mahendru, Village Amtipani, Taluka-Bishunpur, District Gumla, Jharkhand (26.30 ha) (Consultant:  Grassroots Research and Creation India Pvt. Ltd., Noida) 

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 fell due for renewal since 2005 and enhancement of production of bauxite to 1,50,000 TPA. The mine is reported to be closed since July, 2011. It is a violation case as the production from the mine was enhanced in the year 1996-97 without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance and the mine has operated after it fell due for renewal. Mine lease area is 26.30 ha, which include 8.74 ha of forestland. It was stated by the proponent that they are in the process of surrendering the forestland and submitted a copy of the letter dated 21.12.2011 addressed to State Govt. in this regard. Thus, the reduced lease area will be 17.83 ha. No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease. It has been considered in MoEF as the SEIAA for the State of Jharkhand was not in place. The mine working will be opencast mechanized.  Life of mine is 16 years.

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

1)           Copies of the documents in support of surrender of the forestland involved in the project and that it has been taken possession of by the Competent Authority should be furnished.

2)           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. 

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

4)           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. 

5)           All corner coordinates of the mine lease area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

6)           Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

7)           Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/ procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

8)           What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

9)           Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.  

10)        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. 

11)        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.

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

13)        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.

14)        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 primary 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. 

15)        Impact, if any, of change of land use should be given. 

16)        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. 

17)        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. 

18)        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.

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

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

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

22)        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.

23)        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.

24)        Details of any stream, seasonal or otherwise, passing through lease area and modification / diversion proposed, if any and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

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

26)        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. 

27)        Quantity of solid waste generation should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quantity, 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).  

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

29)        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.

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

31)        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.

32)        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. 

33)        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.

34)        Public health implication of the project and related activities for the population in the impact zone should be systematically evaluated and the proposed remedial measures should be detailed along with budgetary allocation. 

35)        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. 

36)        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. 

37)        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 and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

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

39)        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 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. 

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

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. 

 

2.7    Raiboga Limestone & Dolomite Mine of M/s Sita Cements Ltd., Village Raiboga, District Sundergarh, Orissa (Consultant: Vision Labs)

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 opening of a new mine for production of 0.2 million TPA of limestone and dolomite put together to be used in their cement plant at a distance of about 15 km. The mine lease area is 26.819 ha. No forestland is involved. It has been considered as category ‘A’ because of its location within 10 km of the inter-state boundary with Jharkhand. Mine working will be opencast semi mechanized. Ultimate working depth will be 212 m AMSL (20 m bgl). Water requirement is 85 kld, which will be obtained from Lurgi river. Life of mine is 42 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)           All corner coordinates of the mine lease area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

4)           Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

5)           Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/ procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

6)           What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

7)           Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.  

8)           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. 

9)           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.

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

11)        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.

12)        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 primary 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. 

13)        Impact, if any, of change of land use should be given. 

14)        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. 

15)        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. 

16)        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.

17)        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 be indicated. 

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

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

20)        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.

21)        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.

22)        Details of any stream, seasonal or otherwise, passing through lease area and modification / diversion proposed, if any and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

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

24)        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. 

25)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quantity, 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).  

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

27)        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.

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

29)        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.

30)        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.

31)        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.

32)        Public health implication of the project and related activities for the population in the impact zone should be systematically evaluated and the proposed remedial measures should be detailed along with budgetary allocation. 

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 and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

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 may be properly referenced with index 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. 

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

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. 

2.8    Langratand Bauxite Mine of M/s Sharda Mica Mining Company, Village Langratand, Taluka Bishunpur, District Gumla, Jharkhand (16.754 ha) (TOR)

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

2.9    Lupungpat Bauxite Mine of M/s Mahendru Prasad Mithal, Village Lupungpat, Taluka Chainpur, District Gumla, Jharkhand (62.161 ha) (Consultant:  Grassroots Research and Creation India Pvt. Ltd., Noida) 

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 fell due in April, 2009 and enhancement of production of bauxite to 3,33,936 TPA. It is a violation case as the mine continued to operate after it fell due for renewal and has enhanced production without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance. Mine is reported to be closed since May, 2011. The mine lease area is 62.161 ha, which include 20.81 ha of forestland. It was reported that the forestland involved in the project is being surrendered. The proponent have submitted a copy of the letter addressed to State Forest Department in this regard. The mine lease area after surrender will reduce to 41.351 ha. No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease. Sankh Reservoir is reported at a distance of 6 km. Mine working will be opencast semi mechanized. Life of mine is 7 years. Water requirement is estimated as 11 kld, which will be obtained from accumulated water in the existing mine pit and from nallahs.

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

1)           A copy of the documents in support of surrender of the forestland involved in the project and that it has been taken possession of by the Competent Authority in this regard.

2)           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. 

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

4)           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. 

5)           All corner coordinates of the mine lease area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

6)           Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

7)           Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/ procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

8)           What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

9)           Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.  

10)        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. 

11)        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.

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

13)        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.

14)        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 primary 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. 

15)        Impact, if any, of change of land use should be given. 

16)        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. 

17)        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. 

18)        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.

19)        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 be indicated. 

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

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

22)        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.

23)        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.

24)        Details of any stream, seasonal or otherwise, passing through lease area and modification / diversion proposed, if any and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

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

26)        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. 

27)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quantity, 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).  

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

29)        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.

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

31)        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.

32)        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. 

33)        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.

34)        Public health implication of the project and related activities for the population in the impact zone should be systematically evaluated and the proposed remedial measures should be detailed along with budgetary allocation. 

35)        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. 

36)        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. 

37)        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 and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

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

39)        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 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. 

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

 

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. 

 

2.10  Barwas Limestone Mine of M/s Jakra Mines & Minerals, Village Barwas, Tehsil Paonta Sahib, District Sirmour, H.P. (8.91 ha) (Consultant: Udaipur Min Tech Pvt. Ltd., 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 pre-feasibility report. 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease, which fell due in March, 2007 and enhancement of production of limestone to 1,25,000 TPA. It is a violation case as the mine has been operating after its transfer in March, 2001 and its continuation to work after it fell due for renewal in 2007 without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance. The mine lease area is 8.91 ha. No forestland is involved. It has been considered as category ‘A’ because of its location within 10 km of the inter-state boundary of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The mine is reported to be closed since July, 2011. No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease. Life of mine is 19 years. Mine working will be opencast involving drilling and blasting. 

          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)           All corner coordinates of the mine lease area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

5)           Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

6)           Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/ procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

7)           What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

8)           Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.  

9)           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. 

10)        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.

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

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 primary 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, if any, 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 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 any stream, seasonal or otherwise, 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 quantity, 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)        Public health implication of the project and related activities for the population in the impact zone should be systematically evaluated and the proposed remedial measures should be detailed along with budgetary allocation. 

34)        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. 

35)        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. 

36)        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 and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

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

38)        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 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. 

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

 

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  Tuimu Bauxite Mine of Smt. Beena Pani Agrawal, Village Tuimu & Hurmur, Thana-Senha, District Lohardaga, Jharkhand (Consultant:  Grassroots Research and Creation India Pvt. Ltd., Noida)

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 fell due in 2005 and enhancement of production of bauxite to 3,59,992 TPA. It is a violation case as the mine has operated after it fell due for renewal and has enhanced production without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance. The mine is reported to be closed since March, 2011. It was stated during the meeting that the mine was earlier closed up to 2008. Mine lease area is 46.94 ha, which include 0.128 ha of forestland. It was informed during the meeting they are in the process of surrendering the forestland involved in the project. In this regard, a copy of the letter dated 21.12.2011 written to State Forest Department was also submitted. Thus, the mine lease area after surrender of forestland will be 46.812 ha. No National Park / sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease. Mine working will be opencast mechanized. Life of mine is 6 years. Water requirement is 14 kld, which will be obtained from natural springs in the southern direction from the mine site. The transportation route is through the forestland and therefore the permission obtained, if any, from the Forest Department would need to be provided.

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

1)           A copy of the documents in support of surrender of the forestland involved in the project and that it has been taken possession of by the Competent Authority in this regard.

2)           Necessary permission from the Competent Authority in the Forest Department for transportation of mineral through the forest area should also be obtained as applicable and a copy 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)           All corner coordinates of the mine lease area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

7)           Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

8)           Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/ procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

9)           What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

10)        Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.  

11)        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. 

12)        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.

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

14)        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.

15)        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 primary 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. 

16)        Impact, if any, of change of land use should be given. 

17)        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. 

18)        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. 

19)        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.

20)        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 be indicated. 

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

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

23)        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.

24)        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.

25)        Details of any stream, seasonal or otherwise, passing through lease area and modification / diversion proposed, if any and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

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

27)        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. 

28)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quantity, 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).  

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

30)        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.

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

32)        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.

33)        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. 

34)        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.

35)        Public health implication of the project and related activities for the population in the impact zone should be systematically evaluated and the proposed remedial measures should be detailed along with budgetary allocation. 

36)        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. 

37)        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. 

38)        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 and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

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

40)        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 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. 

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

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  New Amtipani Bauxite Mine of M/s Sri Awadesh Kumar Singh, Village Amtipani, Thana-Bishunpur, District Gumla, Jharkhand (Consultant:  Grassroots Research and Creation India Pvt. Ltd., Noida)

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 fall due in 2005 and enhancement of production of bauxite to 3,01,742 TPA. It is a violation case as the mine has been operating after its transfer in November, 1999, its continuation after it fell due for renewal in 2005 and enhancement of production without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance. Mine is reported to be closed since March, 2011. Mine lease area is 49.069 ha, which includes 9.44 ha of forestland. It was reported that the forestland involved in the project is being surrender. A copy of the letter dated 21.12.2011 addressed to State Forest Department in this regard was submitted. Thus, the lease after surrender of forestland will be reduce to 39.629 ha. No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease. It has been considered in the MoEF as the SEIAA for Jharkhand has not been in place. Mine working will be opencast mechanized. Life of mine is 5 years. Water requirement is estimated as 8 kld, which will be obtained from natural springs.

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

1)           A copy of the documents in support of surrender of the forestland involved in the project and that it has been taken possession of by the Competent Authority in this regard.

2)           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. 

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

4)           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. 

5)           All corner coordinates of the mine lease area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

6)           Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

7)           Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/ procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

8)           What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

9)           Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.  

10)        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. 

11)        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.

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

13)        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.

14)        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 primary 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. 

15)        Impact, if any, of change of land use should be given. 

16)        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. 

17)        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. 

18)        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.

19)        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 be indicated. 

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

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

22)        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.

23)        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.

24)        Details of any stream, seasonal or otherwise, passing through lease area and modification / diversion proposed, if any and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

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

26)        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. 

27)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quantity, 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).  

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

29)        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.

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

31)        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.

32)        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. 

33)        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.

34)        Public health implication of the project and related activities for the population in the impact zone should be systematically evaluated and the proposed remedial measures should be detailed along with budgetary allocation. 

35)        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. 

36)        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. 

37)        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 and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

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

39)        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 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. 

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

 

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  Proposed Integrated Steel Plant of M/s Arya Integrated Steel Pvt. Ltd. Located at Village Malda & Dhanurjayapur Tehsil Barbil, District Keonjhar, Orissa

The Committee took note of the letter no. AISPL/BBS/11-12/021 dated 13.12.2011 that the proponent have decided to drop the establishment of the proposed beneficiation plant and have requested for withdrawal of the proposal. Based on the same, it was decided that the proposal may be treated as withdrawn. 

2.14  Bandhi Ghorwai Limestone Mining Project of M/s Reliance Cementation Pvt. Ltd. Located at Tehsil-Maihar, District Satna, Madhya Pradesh (EC)

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

 

2.15  Bhadrasahi Iron & Manganese Mines of M/s Orissa Minerals Development Co. Ltd. Located at District Keonjhar, Odisha (Consultant: Geomin Consultants Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar)

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 fell due for renewal from September, 2010 and enhancement of production of iron ore to 1.8 million TPA and 0.12 million TPA of manganese ore. TOR for this project were prescribed on 24.3.2009.  Public hearing has been held on 3.11.2010. Mine lease area is 998.70 ha, which include 877.310 ha of forestland. Forestry clearance was obtained earlier in 1998 for an area of 702.053 ha, however, for the renewal, application for forestry clearance is reported to have been submitted. No ecologically sensitive areas are reported within 10 km of the mine lease. Suna nadi, which controls the drainage pattern of the area, flows due north all along the eastern boundary of the mine lease. Mine working will be opencast mechanized. Life of the mine is expected to be 42 years for iron ore and 99 years for manganese ore. Water requirement is estimated as 500 kld, which will be drawn from Suna nadi. It is estimated that 2,87,88,275 m3 of waste will be generated during the mine life, which will be disposed in the form of four external OB dumps. The ultimate working depth will be 420 m AMSL. Groundwater table is reported at 400 m AMSL. Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. The baseline AAQ data was collected for the post monsoon season of 2009 and the summer season of 2011. The data showed the levels within permissible limit. 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.

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

(i)      Details of the evacuation route vis-à-vis the village / habitation and the impact thereon should be submitted.

(ii)      A detailed plan for desilting the nallah should be prepared and submitted.

(iii)     It was observed that no water sample has been taken from Suna nadi, upstream and downstream as also from the nallah. It is desirable that the baseline data should contain information on this aspect. Accordingly, water samples should be collected, analysed and results furnished.

(iv)     It was observed that the waste dumps are close to the water body, it is desirable that the waste dump, especially the one in the south east direction is relocated away from the stream. Necessary modifications in the surface plan as also in the approved mine plan may be got incorporated and supporting documents in this regard should be submitted.

(v)      Details of the rainwater harvesting proposed in the project vis-à-vis the usage of harvested rainwater in the project and the resultant water conservation and reduction in drawl of water from the source should be furnished. A progressive plan of water conservation should be provided.

(vi)     An analysis of change in air quality especially PM10, based on the AAQ data collected earlier and that collected in the year 2011 should be furnished. Similarly, the change in water quality, based on the data collected should be provided.

(vii)    Wildlife Management Plan along with on site conservation plan for schedule I species should be prepared and details furnished.

(viii)   A copy of the application submitted for obtaining forestry clearance for the 877.310 ha of forestland involved in the project should be submitted.

(ix)     A comparison of the two EIA reports bringing out the differences in the two reports and the reasons for preparing two reports should be submitted.

(x)      Year-wise production from the mine should be submitted.

(xi)     It may be confirmed whether the data analysis have been carried out by an accredited lab. If so, details with supporting documents should be provided.

(xii)    An undertaking from the project proponent owning the contents of the EIA report as per the circular issued by MoEF should be furnished.

(xiii)   A copy of the lease documents in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of this lease.

          Based on the presentation made and discussion held, 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.

 

2.16            Proposed Salaiya Limestone Mining Project of M/s ADA Enterprises & Ventures Pvt. Ltd. Located at Tehsil-Maihar, District Satna, Madhya Pradesh (EC)

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

2.17  Pillidhar Bauxite Mine of M/s Shri Nataraj Ceramic & Chemical Industries Ltd. Located at Taluk-Kalyanpur, District Jamnagar, Gujarat (EC)

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

2.18            Proposed Silica Sand Mine of M/s Sree Ram Minerals, Village Pudicherla, Orvakal Mandal, District Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh (Re-consideration case) (Consultant: Vision Labs, Hyderabad)

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on November 28-30, 2011 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 details of the grazing land admeasuring 34.24 acres involved in the project were submitted. Details of the species to be planted for greenbelt were furnished. A letter dated 29.6.2011 from the State Forest Department confirms that no forestland is involved in the project. Based on analysis of data, it was shown that free silica in the ambient air is less than 0.01%. It was committed to provide potable water to the mine workers and the surrounding four villages. The road from the mine lease area to the State Highway (Kurnool to Kadapa), having a length of about one km will be a pucca road for which a capital expenditure of about 3,50,000 is proposed. An area of 1.25 ha has been earmarked for waste dumping. The issues relating to occupational health and other information / clarifications sought by the Committee were also clarified.   

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

(i)      The project proponent will get the mine plan revised and approved to include the area (1.25 ha) earmarked for waste dump before starting the mining activity.

 

2.19  Sandstone (Minor Mineral) Mine of Smt. Sunena Sharma, located at Tehsil-Mandrail, District Karauli, Rajasthan (Consultant: R.K. Consultants, 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 fell due in October, 2011 and enhancement of production of sandstone from 6,900 TPA to 27,000 TPA. The mine is reported to be closed w.e.f. 27.10.2011. TOR for this project were prescribed on 4.1.2008.  Public hearing has been held on 25.2.2009. The mine lease area is 245 ha. No forestland is involved. No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease. Mine working will be opencast involving drilling and blasting. Ultimate working depth will be 294 m AMSL (6 m bgl). Groundwater table is reported to vary between 270 – 260 m AMSL (30-40 m bgl). The baseline AAQ data showed the levels to be within permissible limits. List of flora and fauna has been authenticated by the Deputy Conservator of Forests, Karauli, Govt. of Rajasthan. At the end of the mine life, an area of 66.4 ha will be converted into water body. There will be no external waste dump at the end of the mine life. An area of 149.6 ha will be covered under plantation. 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.

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

 

2.20  Fuller’s Earth Mine (Minor Mineral) of M/s Mool Chand Bothra located at Village Mudh, Kotri, District Bikaner, Rajasthan (Consultant: Ramji Mines Envirotech, Jaipur)

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 fell due for renewal in 1993 for production of 15,570 TPA of fuller earth (minor mineral). The Committee observed that since the lease is due for renewal from 1993 i.e. prior to the EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force which required projects relating to mining of minor mineral to obtain prior environmental clearance and also there is reportedly no enhancement of production after the EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force, the said project does not get covered under the provisions of the said Notification. The proponent, however, produced a letter dated 29.3.2007 from the State Mines & Geology Department, Govt. of Rajasthan asking the proponent to obtain environmental clearance under the EIA Notification, 2006. In view of the letter of the Govt. of Rajasthan, the Committee considered the proposal further. The mine is reported to be closed since January, 2011. Mine lease area is 163.975 ha. No forestland is involved. TOR for this project were prescribed on 17.8.2009. Public hearing has been held on 15.2.2011. Mine working will be opencast, manual without involving any blasting. Life of the mine is 79 years. Peak water requirement is 4 kld. The ultimate working depth will be 238 mRL (7 m bgl). The groundwater table is reported to vary between 122 mRL - 125 mRL. Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. It is estimated that 2,33,600 m3 of waste will be generated during the mine life. Backfilling is proposed after reaching the ultimate pit limit. An area of 2.28 ha has also been earmarked for waste dump. The maximum height of the dump will be 10 m having two terraces of 5 m each. The waste in the form of hard stone will be utilized by the villagers for construction work. The baseline AAQ data showed the levels to be within permissible limit. 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.

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

2.21  Sanindpur Iron & Manganese Ore Mine of M/s National Enterprises located at District Sundergarh, Orissa

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on September 21-23, 2011 wherein, it was observed that the levels of PM10 are high and accordingly the Committee desired that the proponent should take effective measures to control particulate level in the area and thereafter take one month AAQ data to show the effectiveness to control measures implemented in the projects and submit the AAQ data so monitored for making recommendations of the proposal. Accordingly, the proponent have carried out AAQ monitoring during October – November, 2011 and submitted the monitored results. It was stated by the proponent that various control measures have been implemented inter-alia, provision of dust extraction system in mobile crusher, sprinkling of water in critical areas, transportation of ore by covered vehicles and black topping and concreting of village roads etc.

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

2.22  River Bed Mining Project of Minor Minerals of M/s Shri Ram Kumar, Village Daso Majara, Kol, Malpur, Bhud, Tehsil Nalagarh, District Solan, H.P. (56.324 ha) (Consultant:)

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 falls due in September, 2012 for production of 1,35,000 TPA of sand, bajri and stone put together from the bed of river Sirsa. It is a violation case as the proponent did not obtain environmental clearance at the stage of second renewal in August, 2007. The mine is reported to be closed since April, 2011. The mine lease area is 56.324 ha. No forestland is involved. Inter-state boundary with Haryana, Punjab and H.P. is within 10 km of the mine lease. Mine working will be manual without involving drilling and blasting. Ultimate working depth will be 1 meter. Water requirement will be 7 kld. The linked crusher is at a distance of 2.5 km from the mine lease.

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 2006 after the EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force. 

 

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 (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. 

 

4)          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. 

5)          All corner coordinates of the mine lease area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

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

7)          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. 

8)          Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

9)          Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

10)       What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

11)       Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.  

12)       A study should also be carried out to decide on the quantum of mineral which can be removed on sustainable basis taking into account the replenishment potential of the area and details furnished.

13)       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.

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

15)       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. 

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

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

18)       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. 

19)       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 primary 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. 

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

21)       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.

22)       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. 

23)        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.  The impact of other mines in the impact zone as also the stone crusher and other industries, if any, nearby should also be taken into account. 

24)       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 be indicated. 

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

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

27)       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.

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

29)       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.

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

31)       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.

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

33)       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.

34)       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.  It should also address the impact due to stone crusher nearby. 

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 and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

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 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 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. 

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

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. 

 

2.23  China Clay, Ball Clay & Silica Sand Mine of M/s Dariyav Kanwar, Village Litaria, Tehsil Jaitaran, District Pali, Rajasthan (86.90 ha) (Consultant: Team Institute of Science and Technology Pvt. Ltd., 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 enhancement of production of china clay, ball clay and silica sand from 95,000 TPA to 2,50,000 TPA. It was clarified by the proponent that the said mine is located at a distance of about 90 km from the identified critically polluted area of Pali. It was noted that the earlier environment clearance was granted in June, 2009. The proponent though made a presentation on compliance of the earlier EC conditions; however, no supporting documents were made available to the Committee. In view of the same, the Committee deferred its consideration to the next meeting to be held in January, 2012.

2.24  Niwale Bauxite Mine of M/s P.Z. Gawade, Village Niwale, Taluka Shahuwadi, District Kolhapur, Maharashtra (256.56 ha) (Consultant: Aditya Environmental Services Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai)

          The proposal was considered by the Committee for prescribing TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study in terms of the provisions of EIA Notification, 2006. Prima-facie it appeared that the proposed mine is within one km from Chandoli National Park. The Committee, therefore, desired that the proponent should in the first instance obtain clearance from the Standing Committee of the National Board for Wildlife for operating the said mine and thereafter come for environment clearance. The Committee recommended to close the file till such time.

Next Meeting:

It was decided that the next meeting will be held on January 23-25, 2012. 

                    The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.

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Annexure

List of Participants

1.            Shri M.S. Nagar                                             -         Chairman

2.            Dr. S. Subramaniyam                                    -         Vice Chairman

3.       Prof. C.K. Varshney                                       -         Member

4.       Shri K.S. Anandan                                         -         Member

5.       Shri T.K. Joshi                                               -         Member

6.       Shri Mihir Moitra                                           -         Member       

7.       Dr. L. Ajay Kumar                                          -         Member

8.       Dr. S.K. Peshin                                              -         Member

9.       Shri Vinay Mahajan                                        -         Member

10.     Dr. S.K. Aggarwal, Director                            -         Member Secretary

11.     Shri Om Prakash, Dy. Director                       

12.     Representative of M/s Singhbhum Mineral Co

13.     Representative of M/s Jindal Steel and Power

14.     Representative of M/s Indian Metals and Ferro Alloys

15.     Representative of Shri B.N. Mahendru

16.     Representative of M/s Sita Cements Ltd.

17.     Representative of M/s Mahendru Prasad Mithal

18.     Representative of M/s Jakra Mines & Minerals

19.     Representative of Smt. Beena Pani Agrawal

20.     Representative of Sri Awadesh Kumar Singh

21.     Representative of M/s Orissa Minerals Development Co. Ltd.

 

22.     Representative of M/s Sree Ram Minerals         

23.     Representative of Smt. Sunena Sharma

24.     Representative of M/s Mool Chand Bothra

25.     Representative of Shri Ram Kumar

26.     Representative of M/s Dariyav Kanwar

27.     Representative of M/s P.Z. Gawade

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