No. J-13011/12/2008-IA.II(T)

Government of India

Ministry of Environment & Forests


                                                                                     Paryavaran Bhawan

CGO Complex, Lodi Road

New Delhi-110 003


 Dated:  26th August, 2008



 M/s R.K.M. Powergen Pvt. Ltd.

16, First Canal Cross Road

Gandhinagar, Adyar

Chennai - 600 020.


Sub:            4x350 MW Thermal Power Project at Uchpinda, Tehsil Dabar,

District Janjgir-Champa, Chhattisgarh of M/s R.K.M. Powergen

Pvt. Ltd - Environmental clearance regarding.  


          The undersigned is directed to refer to your communication no. nil dated 8.5.2008 regarding the subject mentioned above. Subsequent information furnished   vide letter No.RKMPL/MOEF/270608 dated 27.6.2008 has also been considered. 


2.       It is noted that the proposal is for grant of environmental clearance for setting up of a 4x350 MW thermal power project at Uchpinda, Tehsil Dabar, District Janjgir-Champa, Chhattisgarh.  The land requirement for the project is 900 acres. Water requirement is 122784 m3/day and will be sourced from Mahanadi River.  Coal linkage is for 350 MW and coal from captive coal block (Fatehpur east of SECL) is for 1000 MW. The coal will be transported through rail to the coal yard and from coal yard to the plant through conveyor.  No ecologically sensitive area is reported in 10 Km area of the project.  The Bandhapali tank is at 2.8 km due south.   Four families will be displaced and 660 will be land oustees. The public consultation was held on 30.4.2008.  Total cost of the project is Rs 5950.00 crores, which includes Rs 250.00 crores for environmental protection measures.


3.       The proposal has been considered and Ministry of Environment & Forests hereby accords environmental clearance to the said project under the provisions of Environment Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 subject to implementation of the following terms and conditions:-

(i)      No additional land in excess of 900 acres shall be acquired for any activity/ facility of this project.     

(ii)      The confirmed coal linkage / captive coal block to meet the requirement for requisite quantity of coal for the ultimate capacity shall be obtained before commissioning the project. Copy of the balance coal linkage shall be submitted to the Ministry.

(iii)    Sulphur and ash contents in the coal to be used in the project shall not exceed   0.4% and 42% respectively at any given time.


(iv)     Two bi-flue stacks of 275 m height each shall be provided with continuous online monitoring equipments for Sox, NOx and Particulate.  Exit velocity of flue gases shall not be less than 25 m/sec.


(v)      High efficiency Electrostatic Precipitators (ESPs) shall be installed to ensure that particulate emission does not exceed 50 mg/Nm3.


(vi)     Space provision shall be kept for retrofitting of FGD, if required at a later date.


(vii)          Adequate dust extraction system such as cyclones/ bag filters and water spray           system in dusty areas such as in coal handling and ash handling points,           transfer areas and other vulnerable dusty areas shall be provided.


 (viii)  Fly ash shall be collected in dry form and storage facility (silos) shall be           provided.  100% fly ash utilization shall be ensured from 5th year onwards.            Unutilized fly ash shall be disposed off in the ash pond in the form of High           Concentration Slurry and the bottom ash in conventional slurry mode.


(ix)            Ash pond shall be lined with impervious lining. Adequate safety measures shall also be implemented to protect the ash dyke from getting breached.


(x)              Closed cycle cooling system with cooling towers shall be provided.  COC of at least 4 shall be adopted and the effluents shall be treated as per the prescribed norms.

(xi)            The treated effluents conforming to the prescribed standards shall be re-circulated and reused within the plant.  There shall be no discharge outside the plant boundary except during monsoon. Arrangements shall be made that effluents and storm water do not get mixed.

(xii)          A sewage treatment plant shall be provided and the treated sewage shall be used for raising greenbelt/plantation.

(xiii)        Rainwater harvesting should be adopted. Central Groundwater Authority/ Board shall be consulted for finalization of appropriate rainwater harvesting   technology within a period of three months from the date of clearance and details shall be furnished.

(xiv)        Adequate safety measures shall be provided in the plant area to check/minimize spontaneous fires in coal yard, especially during summer season. Copy of the   these measures with full details along with location plant layout shall be submitted to the Ministry as well as to the Regional Office of the Ministry at Chandigarh.

(xv)          Storage facilities for auxillary liquid fuel such as LDO and/ HFO/LSHS shall be made in the plant area where risk is minimum to the storage facilities.  Disaster Management Plan shall be prepared to meet any eventuality in case of an accident taking place.  Mock drills shall be conducted regularly and based on the same, modifications required, if any shall be incorporated in the DMP.  Sulphur content in the liquid fuel will not exceed 0.5%. 

(xvi)        Regular monitoring of ground water in and around the ash pond area shall be carried out, records maintained and six monthly reports shall be furnished to the Regional Office of this Ministry.

(xvii)      A green belt of adequate width and density shall be developed around the plant periphery covering an area of at least 300 acres preferably with local species.

(xviii)    Dense plantation around Bandhapali Tank shall be done. Details of the same shall be submitted to the Ministry.

(xix)        The PAP shall be rehabilitated / compensation in accordance with the norms of the State Government.  Details of R&R plan with compensation package shall be submitted to the Ministry/SPCB/regional Office of the Ministry. 

(xx)          Adequate funds shall be allocated for undertaking CSR activities and in any case it shall not be less than Rs 1.0 crore per annum.  Details of activities shall also be submitted to the Regional Office of the Ministry, SPCB and the Ministry.

(xxi)        First aid and sanitation arrangements shall be made for the drivers and other contract workers during construction phase.

(xxii)      Leq of Noise levels emanating from turbines shall be limited to 75 dBA. For people working in the high noise area, requisite personal protective equipment like earplugs/ear muffs etc. shall be provided. Workers engaged in noisy areas such as turbine area, air compressors etc shall be periodically examined to maintain audiometric record and for treatment for any hearing loss including shifting to non noisy/less noisy areas.

(xxiii)    Regular monitoring of ground level concentration of SO2, NOx, SPM and RSPM shall be carried out in the impact zone and records maintained.  If at any stage these levels are found to exceed the prescribed limits, necessary control measures shall be provided immediately.  The location of the monitoring stations and frequency of monitoring shall be decided in consultation with SPCB. Periodic reports shall be submitted to the Regional Office of this Ministry.

(xxi)  The project proponent shall advertise in at least two local newspapers widely circulated in the region around the project, one of which shall be in the vernacular language of the locality concerned within seven days from the date of this clearance letter, informing that the project has been accorded environmental clearance and copies of clearance letter are available with the State Pollution Control Board/Committee and may also be seen at Website of the Ministry of Environment and Forests at


(xxii)  A separate environment management cell with qualified staff shall be set          up for           implementation of the stipulated environmental safeguards.


(xxiii) Half yearly report on the status of implementation of the stipulated           conditions and environmental safeguards shall be submitted to this Ministry/ Regional Office/CPCB/SPCB.


(xxiv)    Regional Office of the Ministry of Environment & Forests located at Chandigarh will monitor the implementation of the stipulated conditions.  A complete set of documents including Environmental Impact Assessment Report and Environment Management Plan along with the additional information submitted from time to time shall be forwarded to the Regional Office for their use during monitoring.

(xxv)      Separate funds shall be allocated for implementation of environmental protection measures along with item-wise break-up. These cost shall be included as part of the project cost. The funds earmarked for the environment protection measures shall not be diverted for other purposes and year-wise expenditure should be reported to the Ministry.

(xxvi)    The project authorities shall inform the Regional Office as well as the Ministry regarding the date of financial closure and final approval of the project by the concerned authorities and the dates of start of land development work and commissioning of plant.

(xxvii)  Full cooperation shall be extended to the Scientists/Officers from the Ministry / Regional Office of the Ministry at Chandigarh /the CPCB/the SPCB who would be monitoring the compliance of environmental status.


4.       The Ministry of Environment and Forests reserves the right to revoke the clearance if conditions stipulated are not implemented to the satisfaction of the Ministry. MOEF may impose additional environmental conditions or modify the existing ones, if necessary.


5.       The environmental clearance accorded shall be valid for a period of 5 years to   start of production operations by the power plant.


6.       In case of any deviation or alteration in the proposed project from those submitted to this Ministry for clearance, a fresh reference should be made to the Ministry to assess the adequacy of the condition(s) imposed and to add additional environmental protection measures required, if any.


7.       The above stipulations would be enforced among others under the   Water(Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act,1974, the  Air(Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act,1981,the Environment (Protection) Act,1986 and rules there under, Hazardous Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules,1989 and its amendments, the Public Liability Insurance Act,1991 and its amendments .


8.       Any appeal against this environmental clearance shall lie with the National Environment Appellate Authority, if preferred, within 30 days as prescribed under Section 11 of the National Environment Appellate Act, 1997.






Copy to:

1.                 The Secretary, Ministry of Power, Shram Shakti Bhawan, Rafi Marg, New Delhi -110 001.  

2.       The Secretary, Department of Environment, Dau Kalyan Singh Bhawan, Raipur-492001.   

3.                 The Chairman, Central Electricity Authority, Sewa Bhawan, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110 066. 

4.                 The Chairman, Chhattisgarh Environment Conservation Board, Nanak Niwas, Civil Lines, Raipur - 492001 - with a request to display a copy of the clearance letter at the Regional Office, District Industries Centre and Collector?s office for 30 days. 

5.                 The Chairman, Central Pollution Control Board, Parivesh Bhawan, CBD-cum-Office Complex, East Arjun Nagar, Delhi-110 032.


6.                 The Chief Conservator of Forests, Central Regional Office, Ministry of     Environment & Forests, E-3/240, Arera Colony, Bhopal-462 016. 

7.                 Director (EI), MOEF. 

8.                 Guard file. 

9.                 Monitoring file.









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