Major deficiencies observed in Mining Plans and Schemes of Mining
- Consent letter of the State Govt. indicating the precise area proposed to be granted for mining lease is not given.
- The rule under which mining plan/schemes of mining submitted is not mentioned correctly on covering page as well in the concerned text.
- The ownership and occupancy of the area is not given properly.
- The validity of recognition of RQP who prepared the mining plan/ Scheme of Mining is not given. Certificate of Recognition as qualified person either for individual or for organizations is not specifically mentioned.
- The plans and sections are not prepared as per the provisions of MCDR, 1988.
- Information on infrastructure available is not given.
- All relevant circulars of CCOM are not taken into account while preparing mining plan/ Scheme of Mining, conceptual plan, generation of baseline data etc.
- Certificate regarding observation of provisions of Mineral Conservation and Development Rules, 1988 in the mining plan/ Scheme of Mining is not given by the Recognized Qualified Person.
- Consent letter from the applicant with regard to authorizing the Recognized qualified persons to prepare mining plan/ Scheme of Mining is not given.
II. Geology and Reserves
- Many a times local geology is not correlated with regional geological set up of the area. The physical and chemical characteristics of the litho-logical units occurring in the area is not described.
- The exploration proposed and already carried out is not shown on Surface and Surface Geological Plans as per the standards prescribed in this regard.
- The exploratory pits/drill holes are randomly proposed instead of adopting any systematic pattern.
- The categorization of reserves is not done as per UNFC Classification. The mineable reserves are estimated by surface area method; not by cross section/slice plan method.
- Prominent physiographic features, drainage pattern, natural water courses, PWD roads, railway lines and forest areas are not depicted.
- Hydro-geological report is not given in the mining plan in case the dewatering is more than 100 m3/ day or excavation is proposed below water table.
a) Opencast Mines
- The geometry and bench parameters and its sequence of development and exploitation are not discussed properly.
- The details of machinery deployment justifying the project planning in the Mining Plan / Scheme of Mining are not furnished.
- The ultimate pit limit at the end of life of the mine is not shown properly.
- The yearwise development plan and sections are not prepared on the basis of assay plan and Geological Plan/section.
b) Underground Mines
- Location of drives, winzes, cross cuts and other mode of entries are not shown on the plans and sections, if workings are already made.
- Size, extent & spatial disposition including width and depth of the orebody(ies) alongwith its brief description is not given in the classification and estimation of ore reserves.
- Details of support system for strata control including behaviour of orebody/ wall rock is not given.
- Geo-technical investigations, rock mechanics study carried out already, if any, is not given.
- Scheme of mine development in tandem with production and for exploitation of the orebody upto mineable limits is not given.
- Ore /waste transport system in underground is not dealt properly.
- Changes envisaged in over-all scheme of stoping is not given properly and not depicted in the relevant plans/and sections.
- Sources of filling material, its adequacy, storage and method for underground transport for back-filling the stoped-out voids is not given.
- Adequacy of ventilation system taking into account the development works with background calculation is not given.
IV. Environmental Management Plan
- The existing land use pattern indicating the area already degraded is not given. The detailed base line information is missing.
- Environmental Impact Assessment Statement describing the impact of mining on environment is not given.
- The time bound action is not proposed in EMP i.e. proposals as per approved mining plan, position at the end of 5 years of mining plan period, proposals for the next 5 year plan period.
- Yearwise proposal for reclamation of land affected is not given.
- Yearwise Programme of afforestation for the initial five years and upto conceptual plan period is not given.
- Yearwise stabilization and vegetation of dumps alongwith waste dump management for the first five years is not given
- Monitoring schedules for different environmental components after the commencement of mining and other related activities is not given.
VI. Progressive Mine Closure Plan
- The schemes/ proposals to be implemented for reclamation and rehabilitation of affected area are not described.
- Management of surface and ground water, ambient air indicating existing quality, corrective measures proposed to meet the standards are not described.
- Available waste, its quality, practice and manner of its disposal are not described.
- Top soil available at the site and its utilisation not described.
- The steps to be taken for protection and stability of tailing dam, stabilisation /utilization of tailing material, measures to prevent water pollution not given.
- The financial assurance is not calculated and submitted as stipulated in the statutes.
- Relevant chapters are not supported with Plans and Sections.
V. Final Mine Closure Plan
- Reason for closure of mining operations is not specified.
- Comparison of reserves indicated in the approved mining plan/scheme with the balance mineral reserves available at the time of closure not given.
- Review of the committed proposals of approved mining plan /scheme indicating its progress upto the time of closure not given.
- Details of proposals to be implemented for reclamation and rehabilitation of the affected land, relevant plans and sections depicting the process of reclamation and rehabilitation are not given.
- Details of type, quality and quantity of waste materials / rejects available and protective measures to prevent pollution from these are not given.
- Detail of time schedule of all activities relating to abandonment is not given.
- The financial assurance is not calculated and submitted as stipulated in the statute.
- The decommissioning of mining machineries, surface structures, plants etc. and their possible post mining utilisation, if any, are not described.
- The safety measures implemented to prevent access to surface openings, excavations etc., is omitted
- Disaster and Risk Assessment is not dealt with action plan.
- Details of people employed in the mine, compensation to be given for sustenance, possible engagement in satellite occupations after closure, envisaged repercussions on the society around are not dealt
- Cost of abandonment towards the activities required to be executed for rehabilitation measures including monitoring and maintenance after closure is not estimated on reality.
- Brief description of the mining method followed to win the mineral, mechanisation, mining machinery deployed, production level etc not given.
- The mineral beneficiation practices if any indicating the process description, discharge details of tailings / middlings and disposal / utilisation practices not given
- A note on the status of baseline information is not enclosed
- Existence/ non-existence of mineral in the area/areas to be surrendered is not ensured.
FOR FURTHER DETAILS / ENQUIRY PLEASE CONTACT
Chief Controller of Mines
2 nd Floor, Block 'A',
Indira Bhavan, Civil Lines,
Telephone No. 91-712 - 2560961
Fax No. 91-712 - 2565488
email : ccom[at]ibm[dot]gov[dot]in