F.No.J-11015/37/2010- IA. II (M)
Government of India
Ministry of Environment & Forests
Tel no. 24363973
E mail: email@example.com
Lodi Road, New Delhi-110003
Dated April 9, 2010
M/s Bharat Aluminum Company Limited
Aluminum Sadan, Core ? 6
Scope Office Complex, 7 Lodi Road
New Delhi-110 003
Sub: Bodai Daldali Bauxite Mines of
M/s Bharat Aluminium Company Limited located at Villages Mundadadar,
Keshmarda, Rabda & Semsata, Post Daldali, Tehsil Bodla, District Kawardha, Chhattisgarh.
(Enhancement of Production capacity of bauxite from 0.3 MTPA to 1.25 MTPA) Reg.
The undersigned is directed to refer to your
communication no. BALCO/Delhi/BD/2009 dated 10.02.2010 along with application
in the form of form-1 and pre-feasibility report and subsequent communication
dated 12.03.2010 along with EIA report seeking environmental clearance under
the provisions of EIA Notification, 2006.
2. The Ministry of Environment and Forests has examined your
application. It has been noted that the proposal is for expansion of existing Bodai-Daldali Bauxite mine from 0.3 MTPA to 1.25
MTPA in Kawardha District, Chhattisgarh.
Environmental clearance for 0.3 MTPA capacity was
accorded on 4.12.2003. The mine lease area is 626.117 ha. No forest
land is involved. Out of 626.117
ha of mine lease area, at present, 6.0 ha is for top soil dump,
for water reservoir, 14 ha
for road, 4.0 ha
for built-up area, 37 ha
for afforestation, 25 ha of backfilled area and 538 ha of undisturbed area.
The area after mine closure under water reservoir will be 20 ha, 18 ha for road, 4.0 ha of built-up area, 335 ha under afforestation, 20 ha of water recharge area, 229 ha of undisturbed area.
No ecologically sensitive area such as a National Park/wildlife sanctuary,
wildlife corridors, tiger/elephant reserve and biosphere reserve is located
within 15 km
radius of the mining lease. Total mineable reserves
are 5.72 MT. The mine is operating since 2004 at a capacity of 0.3 MTPA. The
balance mineable reserve is 4.16 MT. Life of mine is
5 years. The proposed expansion to 1.25 MTPA will cater to the need of aluminum
plant at Korba.
Topography of the area is hilly. No perennial water course is present in
the ML area. Mining will be carried out by opencast semi-mechanized method
involving drilling and blasting. Working of the mine will be confined to a depth
of 10 m bgl. Water table in the lease area is 20m to 25m bgl. Working will not intersect the ground water table.
Water requirement will be 354m3/day and will be sourced from River Katai. About 14.63 Million Tonnes
of over burden will be generated which will be completely backfilled in the
mined out area. Public hearing was held on 28.8.2006. IBM has approved the
modified mining scheme on 25.03.2009. Cost of the project is Rs. 38.00 Crores.
3. . It
is also noted that the project involves resettlement of 261 families located in
five Villages in the core zone. Land acquisition and compensation process
through State Government has been completed. Land for resettlement sites
purchased in line with project affected families? preference. About 182 project
affected families have been resettled at six villages. The balance families are
in process of shifting and will be resettled by May, 2010.
proposal has been considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee-2 (Mining) in
its meetings held during 25th ? 26th March, 2010.
The Committee recommended the proposal for environmental clearance. Public
hearing of the project has been exempted as per Para
7 (ii) of EIA Notification, 2006.
on the information submitted by the project proponent, the Ministry of
Environment and Forests hereby accords environmental clearance to above project
under the provisions of ElA Notification, dated 14th
September 2006 subject to the compliance of the following Specific and
- The Company shall
pay compensation for acquisition of private land and rehabilitation of
displaced families at rates not less than those prescribed in the
applicable Central Government/State Government norms. The Resettlement of
all the affected families should be completed as per their commitment,
i.e. early 2010.
- The top soil shall
temporarily be stored at earmarked site(s) only and it should not be kept
unutilized for long. The topsoil shall be used for land reclamation and
- The Company shall
collect baseline data through field survey of the existing prevalent occupational diseases in the locality
and facilities shall be provided for preventive and curative measures for
- Need based
assessment for the nearby villages shall be conducted to study economic
measures with action plan which can help in upliftment
of poor section of society. Income generating projects consistent with
the traditional skills of the people besides development of fodder farm,
fruit bearing orchards, vocational training etc. can form a part of such programme. Company shall provide separate budget for
community development activities and income generating programmes. This will be in addition to
vocational training for individuals imparted to take up self employment and
- The mining
operations shall be restricted to above ground water table and it should
not intersect the groundwater table. In case of working below ground
water table, prior approval of the Ministry of Environment and Forests
and the Central Ground Water Authority shall be obtained, for which a
detailed hydro-geological study shall be carried out.
- The project
proponent shall ensure that no natural watercourse and/or water resources
are obstructed due to any mining operations. Adequate measures shall be
taken while diverting first order streams, if any, emanating from the
mine lease, during the course of mining operation.
- The project
proponent shall take adequate environmental safeguard measures for
control of rolling down of silt and sediments and protection of the catchment area of katai
River during the
course of mining operation.
- Catch drains and siltation ponds of appropriate size shall be
constructed around the mine working, mineral and temporary OB dumps to prevent run off of water and flow of
sediments directly into the Katai
River and other water bodies. The water so collected shall be utilized
for watering the mine area, roads, green belt development etc. The drains
shall be regularly desilted, particularly after
the monsoon, and maintained properly. Garland drains, settling tanks and
check dams of appropriate size, gradient and length shall be constructed
around the mine pit, topsoil dump, temporary over burden dumps and
mineral dumps to prevent run off of water and flow of sediments directly
into the Katai River and other water bodies and
sump capacity shall be designed keeping 50% safety margin over and above
peak sudden rainfall (based on 50 years data) and maximum discharge in
the area adjoining the mine site. Sump capacity shall also provide
adequate retention period to allow proper settling of silt material.
Sedimentation pits shall be constructed at the corners of the garland
drains and desilted at regular intervals.
- Dimension of the
retaining wall at the toe of temporary OB
dump(s) and the over burden benches within the mine to check run-off and siltation shall be based on the rainfall data.
- The void left
unfilled shall be converted into the water body. The higher benches of
the excavated void/mine pit shall be terraced and plantation done to
stabilize the slopes. The slopes of higher benches shall be made gentler
for easy accessibility by the local people to use the water body.
Peripheral fencing shall be carried out all along the excavated area.
- Regular water
sprinkling shall be carried out in critical areas prone to air pollution
and having high levels of SPM and RSPM such as around crushing and
screening plant, loading and unloading point and all transfer points.
Extensive water sprinkling shall be carried out on haul roads. It shall
be ensured that the Ambient Air Quality parameters conform to the norms
prescribed by the Central Pollution Control Board in this regard.
- The project
authority shall implement suitable conservation measures to augment
ground water resources in the area in consultation with the Regional
Director, Central Ground Water Board.
- Regular monitoring
of ground water level and quality shall be carried out by establishing a
network of existing wells and constructing new piezometers
in and around the project area during the beneficiation process. The
periodic monitoring [(at least four times in a year- pre-monsoon
(April-May), monsoon (August), post-monsoon (November) and winter
(January); once in each season)] shall be carried out in consultation
with the State Ground Water Board/Central Ground Water Authority and the
data thus collected may be sent regularly to the Ministry of Environment
and Forests and its Regional Office at
Bhopal, the Central Ground Water Authority and the Regional Director,
Central Ground Water Board. If at any stage, it is observed that the
groundwater table is getting depleted due to the mining activity, necessary corrective measures shall be
- Appropriate mitigative measures shall be taken to prevent
pollution of the Katai River
in consultation with the State Pollution Control Board.
- The project
proponent shall obtain necessary prior permission of the competent
authorities for drawl of requisite quantity of water (surface water and
ground water, if any) required for the project.
- Suitable rainwater
harvesting measures on long term basis shall be planned and implemented
in consultation with the Regional Director, Central Ground Water
- Vehicular emissions
shall be kept under control and regularly monitored. Measures shall be
taken for maintenance of vehicles used in mining operations and in
transportation of mineral within the mine lease. The mineral
transportation within the mine lease shall be carried out through the
covered trucks only and the vehicles carrying the mineral shall not be
- Drills shall either
be operated with dust extractors or equipped with water injection system.
- Mineral handling
area shall be provided with adequate number of high efficiency dust extraction
system. Loading and unloading areas including all the transfer points
should also have efficient dust control arrangements. These should be
properly maintained and operated.
- Sewage treatment
plant shall be installed for the colony. ETP shall also be provided for
the workshop and wastewater generated during the mining operation.
- Occupational Health
Cell shall be created at the company under the charge of an officer of
adequate seniority who is a qualified person in occupational health.
- Particle analysis
of the dust shall be carried and measures shall be undertaken to prevent
impacts on the health of the workers. Personnel exposure monitoring for
dust shall be carried out for the workers.
medical examination and periodical medical examination of the workers
engaged in the project shall be carried out and records maintained. For
the purpose, schedule of health examination of the workers should be
drawn and followed accordingly.
- The project
proponent shall take all precautionary measures during mining operation
for conservation and protection of endangered flora and fauna spotted in
the study area.
- Data on ambient air
quality (PM10, S02, NOx) shall be regularly submitted to
the Ministry including its Regional office located at Bhopal and the State Pollution Control Board / Central
Pollution Control Board once in six months. The critical
parameters such as PM10, SO2, NOx in the ambient air
within the impact zone, peak particle velocity at 300m distance or
within the nearest habitation, whichever is closer shall be monitored
periodically. Further, quality of discharged water shall also be
monitored [(TDS, DO, pH) and total Suspended solids (TSS)]. The monitored
data shall be uploaded on the website of the company as well as displayed
on a display board at the project site at a suitable location near the
main gate of the company in public domain. The circular
no.J-20012/1/2006-IA.II (M) dated 2.5.2009 issued by the Ministry of
Environment and Forests, which is available on the website of the
shall also be referred in this regard for its compliance.
- Green belt
development shall be done and selection of plant species shall be as per
CPCB guidelines. Herbs and shrubs shall also form a part of afforestation programme
besides tree plantation. Details of year wise afforestation
programme including rehabilitation of mined out
area shall be submitted to the Ministry within six months.
- A Final Mine
Closure Plan along with details of Corpus Fund shall be submitted to the
Ministry of Environment & Forests 5 years in advance of final mine
closure for approval.
- Provision shall be
made for the housing of construction labour
within the site with all necessary infrastructure and facilities such as
fuel for cooking, mobile toilets, mobile STP, safe drinking water,
medical health care, crèche etc. The housing may be in the form of
temporary structures to be removed after the completion of the project.
- No change in mining
technology and scope of working shall be made without prior approval of
the Ministry of Environment & Forests.
- No change in the
calendar plan including excavation, quantum of mineral and waste shall be
- Fugitive dust emissions
from all the sources shall be controlled regularly. Water spraying
arrangement on haul roads, loading and unloading and at transfer points
shall be provided and properly maintained.
- Ambient air
quality-monitoring stations shall be established in the core zone as well
as in the buffer zone for PM10, SO2, NOx monitoring. Location of the stations
should be decided based on the meteorological data, topographical
features and environmentally and ecologically sensitive targets and
frequency of monitoring should be undertaken in consultation with the
State Pollution Control Board.
- Measures shall be
taken for control of noise levels below 85 dBA
in the work environment. Workers engaged in operations of HEMM, etc.
shall be provided with ear plugs / muffs.
- Industrial waste
water (workshop and waste water from the mine) should be properly
collected, treated so as to conform to the standards prescribed under GSR
422 (E) dated 19th May, 1993 and 31st December,
1993 or as amended from time to time. Oil and grease trap shall be
installed before discharge of workshop effluents.
- Personnel working
in dusty areas shall be provided with protective respiratory devices and
they shall also be imparted adequate training and information on safety
and health aspects.
- Provision shall be
made for the housing the labourers within the
site with all necessary infrastructure and facilities such as fuel
for cooking, mobile toilets, mobile STP, safe drinking water, medical
health care, crèche etc. The housing may be in the form of temporary
structures to be removed after the completion of the project.
- A separate
Environmental Management Cell with suitable qualified personnel shall be
set-up under the control of a Senior Executive, who will report directly
to the Head of the Organization.
- The project
authorities shall inform to the Regional Office of the Ministry located
regarding date of financial closures and final approval of the project by
the concerned authorities and the date of start of land development work.
- The funds earmarked
for environmental protection measures shall be kept in separate account
and shall not be diverted for other purpose. Year wise expenditure shall
be reported to the Ministry and its Regional Office located at Bhopal.
- The Regional Office
of the Ministry located at Bhopal
shall monitor compliance of the stipulated conditions. The project
authorities shall extend full cooperation to the officer(s) of the
Regional Office by furnishing the requisite data / information / monitoring
- The project
proponent shall submit six monthly reports on the status of the
implementation of the stipulated environmental safeguards to the Ministry
of Environment and Forests, its Regional Office, Bhopal, Central Pollution Control Board
and State Pollution Control Board. The project proponent shall upload the
status of compliance of the environment of the environmental clearance
conditions on their website and update the same periodically and
simultaneously send the same by e-mail to the Regional Office, Ministry
of Environment and Forests, Bhopal.
- 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, / office of Municipal
Corporation/Gram Panchayat concerned and
on the company?s web site 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 http://envfor.nic.in.
- A copy of clearance
letter will be marked to concerned Panchayat /
local NGO, if any, from whom suggestion / representation has been
received while processing the proposal. The clearance letter shall also
be put on the website of the company.
- State Pollution
Control Board shall display a copy of the clearance letter at the
Regional office, District Industries Centre and Collector`s office / Tehsildar`s Office for 30 days.
- The environmental
statement for each financial year ending 31st March in Form-V
as is mandated shall be submitted to the State Pollution Control Board as
prescribed under the Environment (Protection) Rules, 1986, as amended
subsequently and shall also be put on the website of the company along
with the status of compliance of environmental clearance conditions. The
same shall also be sent to the Regional Office of Ministry by e-mail.
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.
case of any deviation or alteration in the project proposed 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.
factual data or submission of false/fabricated data and failure to comply with
any of the conditions mentioned above may result in withdrawal of this
clearance and attract action under the provisions of Environment (Protection)
9. Any appeal against this
environmental clearance shall lie with the National Environment Appellate
Authority, if preferred, within a period of 30 days as prescribed under Section
11 of the National Environment Appellate Authority Act, 1997.
10. The above
conditions will be enforced inter-alia, under the provisions of the Water
(Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, the Air (Prevention &
Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and the
Public Liability Insurance Act, 1991 along with their amendments and rules.
(Dr. P.L. Ahujarai)
1. Secretary, Ministry of
Mines, Government of India, Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi.
Department of Environment, Government of Chhattisgarh, Raipur.
Department of Mines and Geology, Government of Chhattisgarh,Raipur
Department of Forests, Government of Chhattisgarh, Raipur.
Wildlife Warden, Government of Chhattisgarh, Raipur.
Conservator of Forests, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Regional Office,
Kendriya Paryavaran Bhawan, E-5, Arera Colony, Link
Road, Ravishankar Nagar, Bhopal- 462 016.
Central Pollution Control Board, Parivesh Bhawan, CBD-Cum-Office Complex, East Arjun Nagar, New Delhi-110 032.
Chhattisgarh Environment Conservation Board, Nanak Niwas,
Civil Lines, Raipur
- 421 001, Chhattisgarh.
Secretary, Central Ground Water
Authority, A2, W
-3 Curzon Road Barracks, K.G. Marg, New Delhi-110001.
General, Indian Bureau of Mines, Indira Bhavan, Civil Lines, Nagpur-
Collector, Kawardha Govt. Chhattisgarh.
Division, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Paryavaran