PROCEEDINGS O F THE E NVIRO NMENTAL PUBLIC HEARING IN
CONNECTIO N WITH THE PRO POSED POWER PLANT O F M/s.
YASHODA ENERGY PRIVATE L IMITED, JAGANNATH PUR (V),
BODEPALLY (GP), KAGAZNAGAR (M), ADILABAD DISTRICT ,
ANDH RA PRADES H HELD ON 19-08-2011 FRO M 2.00 PM AT PROJE CT
The following Panel Members were present:
Sl.No. Name of the Panel Member Department
1) Shri K. Veeramallu, Representative of the Collector & Dist.
Addl. Joint Collector & Addl. Magistrate, Adilabad.
2) Shri K. Sreenivasa Reddy, Representative of the State Pollution
Environmental Engineer (FAC), Control Board
AP. Pollution Control Board,
Regional Office, Nizamabad
The following representatives of the project were present:
Sl. No. Name & Designation
1) Shri Vasudeva Reddy, Managing Director, M/s. Yashoda Energy (P) Ltd.
2) Shri Raja Shekar Rao, Director, M/s. Yashoda Energy (P) Ltd.
2) Shri Murali Krishna, Environment Consultant, M/s. Global Enviro Labs,
At the outset, the Asst. Environmental Engineer, APPCB, Regional Office, Nizamabad, while
welcoming the public and the Addl. Joint Collector, explained briefly the salient features of the
Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India’s Notification No. S.O. 1533 dated
14th September 2006. He informed that the press notification was published in Andhra Jyothi &
The Hindu on 18-07-2011 pertaining to the present public hearing. The notification invited
public suggestions, views, comments and objections, if any, on the proposed Power Plant of M/s.
Yashoda Energy (P) Ltd., Jagannathpur (V), Bodepally (GP), Kagaznagar (M), Adilabad
District. He added that the public hearing process was made mandatory for the above project to
obtain necessary Environmental Clearance (EC) under the provisions of EIA Notification, 2006.
He then requested the Addl. Joint Collector, Adilabad, who was deputed by the District
Collector, Adilabad, to preside over the public hearing process.
The Addl. Joint Collector, Adilabad stated that M/s.Yashoda Energy (P) Ltd., as proposed to
setup Coal based Thermal Power Plant of 60 MW Capacity in an area of 50 Acres. He stated
that, the Environmental Consultants carried out EIA within an area of 10 Kms radius from the
project site for the Environmental components viz. Air, Water and Solid Waste. He stated that
this public hearing is being conducted so that the public can freely express their views, offer their
comments, give suggestions etc., and the proceedings of the public hearing is being video
graphed. The proceedings of the public hearing and the video will be sent to the State Level
Environment Authority. He requested the Environmental Consultant of the project to explain in
detail, the salient features of the proposed project activity, environmental impacts and its
Summary EIA report.
Shri Murali Krishna, M/s. Global Enviro Labs, Hyderabad & Environment Consultant for
the proposed project, gave a detailed account of the summary of the EIA. He briefed about the
salient features of the project, Environmental control measures proposed by the industry as
i) The proponents proposed to setup a Coal based Thermal Power plant, with capacity of 60
MW, with project cost of Rs.288 Crores. The industry has to obtain Environmental
Clearance (EC) from SEIAA, AP for setting up of the project for which this Public
Hearing is required.
ii) The Company is proposed to be located at Jagannathpur (V), Bodepally (GP),
Kagaznagar (M), Adilabad District and is near the road connecting Jagannathpur (V) and
Karji-Bheempur (V). The nearest Railway Station is Kagaznagar located 8 Km from the
site. The total area proposed for the project is 50 Acres out of which 16.5 Acres is for
Green belt development. The built up area is proposed in the balance area.
iii) The main raw material for the Power Plant is Coal.
iv) The manufacturing process involves producing steam in the 260 TPH CFBC Boilers,
firing coal as fuel. The steam generated is sent to 60 MW turbines to produce Electricity.
The dust and air pollution generated during process of electricity generation are proposed
to be controlled by installing ESP and tall stack to protect the environment.
v) Collection of Baseline Data: Initially baseline data was collected to know the existing
quality of ambient air, surface water, ground water, soil characteristics, flora & fauna,
noise levels and socio economic details of the people living in the study area during
December 2010 to February 2011.
vi) Air Environment: In order to assess the existing ambient air quality in the study area of
10 km radius of the project, a network of 8 ambient air quality stations were selected and
samples were collected to analyze for various parameters like PM2.5, PM10, SO2, NOx
and CO concentrations. The sampling stations were selected based on the Topography/
Terrain of the study area, Populated areas, Residential areas etc. The values of ambient
air quality of all the monitoring stations for various parameters during the study period
(December 2010 to February 2011) are as follows:
a) The maximum value of PM2.5 in the proposed project area is 19 μg/m3., PM10 is
39.0 μg/m3, SO2 is 3.1 μg/m3, NOx is 4.2 μg/m3 and CO levels are less than 1
b) The average value of PM2.5 in the buffer zone is in the range of 19.25 – 24.6
μg/m3, PM10 in the range of 44.2 – 51.5 μg/m3, SO2 in the range of 3.7 – 6.0
μg/m3, NOx in the range of 5.6 – 8.1 μg/m3 and CO levels are less than 1 ppm.
The concentrations of various parameters in the air quality of the study area are
found to be well within the norms prescribed by NAAQ.
vii) Noise Environment: In order to know the baseline noise levels, in and around the project
site, Noise levels were measured at the project area and also at 7 villages in the study
area. The day-night noise levels were monitored at all locations and the Day-night
equivalent noise levels ranging from 45.9 dB (A) to 53.1 dB (A) The noise levels
recorded at all the stations were found to be less than the standards prescribed.
viii) Water Environment: In order to assess the water quality of the study area, two nos. of
Surface water samples were collected and these samples were analyzed for various
Physical, Chemical and Bacteriological parameters to know the contamination levels.
Eight nos. of ground water samples were collected from bore wells from the nearby
villages and plant site to assess ground water quality impacts. All the water samples
collected shows compliance of all parameters with the drinking water standard of IS
ix) Land Environment: 8 nos. of soil samples were collected and analyzed for Physical &
x) Biological Environment: The area does not have rare or endangered flora & fauna and
has general existing flora & fauna.
xi) Socio-economic Environment: Due to the establishment of the project, direct and
indirect employment will be generated due to the proposed project. Due to this, the
economic development of this area will take place. Due to the establishment of the
project in the area, there will be improvement in educational facilities, health and
communication facilities in the area.
xii) The industry is proposing to install 260 TPH CFBC Boiler in the process of
implementation of proposed 60 MW Thermal Power Plant. For estimation of impacts, the
proposed boiler is considered. An attempt has been made to predict the incremental rise
of various ground level concentrations above the baseline status in respect of air pollution
due to proposed project. The Industrial Source Complex – Short Term model (ISCST3), a
computerized air quality model, is used for predicting the Ground Level Concentrations
(GLCs) due to the proposed plant. The emissions of concern are Particulate Matter (PM)
Sulphur dioxide (SO2) and Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx). The maximum ground level
concentration of PM is estimated to be about 1.44 μg/m3, SO2 is 5.38 μg/m3 and NOx is
4.09 μg/m3 within the project area. The net concentrations of PM, SO2 and NOx, are will
within the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Hence there will not be
any adverse impact on air environment due to the proposed project activity.
xiii) The industry requires 7274 m3/day of water for the proposed power plant from
Peddavagu and applied for permission for drawl of 7274 m3/day from Irrigation Dept.,
Govt. of A.P. and the approval is under process. However after optimization and
installation of RO Plant, the make up requirement of proposed power plant is proposed to
be 5700 m3/day.
Break up of Water Consumption in the proposed 60 MW Power Plant
Sl. Particulars Fresh Water Recycled through RO
No. Consumption Plant
m3 / Day
1 DM Plant Make UP 187.0
2 Cooling Makeup for Cooling 4529.0 1574
Tower & auxiliaries
3 Service & Drinking 240.0
4 Filtration back wash 120.0
5 Soft Water Plant Regeneration 624.0
Total 5700 1574
Grand total 7274.0
Wastewater Generation: Waste water generation from the proposed power plant is as follows:
Sl. No. Particulars Generation Rate in m3/day
1 Cooling Blow Down 1526.0
2 Boiler Blow Down 169.0
3 Raw water treatment 120.0
(Filtration back wash)
4 Softener effluent 624.0
5 DM Plant effluent 18.0
6 Service 140.0
7 Domestic 20.0
The industry proposes to treat the waste water generated from the plant. The treated waste water
is proposed to be utilized for ash quenching and green belt development. The effluent generated
from domestic activities is proposed to be sent to Septic Tank followed by Soak Pit.
xiv) The industry proposed to control coal dust emissions from the plant by adopting
following pollution control measures:
(a) Air pollution control equipment viz. ESP and Tall stack are proposed to be
installed before commencement of production for control of air pollution.
(b) Sprinkling of water on the roads.
(c) Regular monitoring of stack and ambient air quality in the area.
xv) The trade effluents generated from the plant are proposed to be treated and utilized for
ash quenching and green belt development. The domestic effluents are proposed to be
sent to septic tank.
xvi) The noise pollution for the industry is proposed to be controlled by adopting following
a) Plantation of trees on the company boundaries and on both sides of the roads.
b) Maintenance of the operating machinery and equipment in the plant.
c) Providing noise reducing devises viz. ear plugs / ear muffs to the workers working
near the noise generating machinery.
xvii) The industry proposed to generate 465 TPD of ash during the process. The ash is
proposed to be sold to brick and cement manufacturing units.
xviii) The industry proposed to develop green belt in an area of 16.5 acres, with high
concentration, fast growing trees. Due to the development of green belt, air and noise
pollution will be reduced.
xix) During manufacturing of electric power, the risk of accident is minimum. The
management is very much aware of their obligation to protect all persons at work and
others in the neighborhood who may be affected by an unfortunate and unforeseen
incidents occurring at the works. The management and workers will have required
awareness about the safety and precautionary measures to be adopted.
xx) The operation of the proposed plant will not have air pollution, water pollution and noise
pollution. Due to the establishment of the project in the area, there will be direct and
indirect employment, improvement in educational facilities, health and communication
facilities in the area. The project management will be adopting all methods for
environment protection and the proposed industry will not have any adverse effects on
The Addl. Joint Collector, Adilabad requested the people gathered at the venue to express their
comments, views, concerns, objections, if any, on the proposed project. He added that every
person gathered at the venue who wishes to speak would be given an opportunity to voice his
Shri Namala Mondaiah, Jagannathpur (V), welcomed the proposed project and requested the
management of the industry to control the pollution so that respiratory problems are not caused
to the local people.
Shri Ch.Ganapathi, MPTC & Ex-Sarpanch, Andavelli (V) stated as follows:
i) Many projects like M/s. Karthik Rukhmini Ferro Alloys, VBC Industries, VBC Ferro
Alloys etc., have conducted public hearings but none of these projects have grounded
till now. The management of this company is therefore requested to ground this
project at the earliest.
ii) M/s.Sirpur Paper Mills, already exiting in this area is causing pollution in the
surrounding areas. This unit is causing water pollution in the area.
iii) The people here are thinking of employment but there will be pollution due to the
unit. The air pollution from this type of units may effect the agricultural crops nearby.
iv) The Government should encourage this type of units but, the pollution should be
controlled. The Government should see that there are no ill effects due to the
proposed project and then only recommend the project.
v) Government should act stringently against the pollution causing projects.
Shri Sampath Rao , Dahegaon (M) stated as follows:
i) Earlier many projects have conducted public hearing in the area but no project has
grounded till now. The management of the project is requested to commission the
project within the stipulated time.
ii) The project proponents shall give employment to the local people. If the
employment is not given to the locals, they will not allow the factory to operate.
iii) M/s.Sirpur Paper Mills, exiting in this area is causing air and water pollution in the
surrounding areas. This unit is causing air pollution in the area, due to which skin
problems are caused to the nearby habitation.
iv) The people in the area are welcoming this project but the management shall
commission this project at the earliest. The management shall compulsorily provide
employment to the locals.
The Addl. Joint Collector, Adilabad stated that this area is attracting many industries due
to availability of Coal from M/s. Singareni Collieries Co. Ltd., and water from Peddavagu.
Hence the people should co-operate for establishment of the projects in the area.
Shri Sampath Rao , Dahegaon (M) continued as follows:
v) The people in the area are appealing to the project management that, the industry
shall be established compulsorily and pollution should be controlled.
Shri Murali Krishna, M/s. Global Enviro Labs, Hyderabad & Environment Consultant for
the proposed project stated that the local people should not have any apprehensions about the
establishment of the project as the management is firm about the establishment of the project
after getting all the permissions and licenses from various Government Departments and loans
from the Financial Institutions.
Shri Surkanti Venkat Reddy, NGO, Nalgonda stated as follows :
i) The industry is proposing to setup 60 MW Coal based power plant. Electricity is
essential for everyone and hence, we should welcome this project.
ii) Development projects and industries may cause air, water and soil pollution, which
can be controlled by taking appropriate pollution control measures. The industry shall
adopt all measures for control of pollution generated from their project. No one has
right to pollute the environment.
iii) The people in the area are whole heartedly welcoming this plant unlike the opposition
of the people for industries in other areas.
iv) The industry after establishment shall provide employment to the locals to the
maximum extent possible. The industry shall also provide indirect employment by
engaging locals for transportation of coal, ash etc.
v) The management shall also participate in the socio-economic development of the
villages nearby and also give helping hand for the education of the poor people.
vi) The panel of the public hearing may recommend Environment Clearance for the
Sri Rajanna, Sarpanch, Bodapally (V), stated as follows :
i) This is the fourth public hearing being conducted in their area, but none of the
projects have been grounded so far. People are having apprehensions regarding
establishment of this project similar to earlier projects for which public hearing was
conducted. The management of the company should tell the villagers regarding
grounding of this project.
ii) The project authorities have purchased land from the farmers at low cost. If the
project is not started by the management, they should give back the lands to the
original land owners so that they can cultivate agriculture in these lands. If this is not
done, the villagers will forcefully cultivate crops in these lands.
Shri Murali Krishna, M/s. Global Enviro Labs, Hyderabad & Environment Consultant for
the proposed project stated that after the public hearing is over, the project has to apply for
Environment Clearance (EC) by giving technical presentation before the SEAC Committee. The
Authority will issue EC based on the proceedings of the public hearing, technical presentation
etc. The industry has to obtain CFE from APPCB and also permissions from other Government
Departments. This will take more than 1 to 1 ½ years time for the project to be grounded. Hence,
the villagers need not have any apprehensions about the establishment of the project as the
management is firm about the establishment of the project after getting all the permissions and
licenses from various Government Departments and loans from the Financial Institutions.
Shri Sunanda Reddy, NGO, Nalgonda stated as follows :
i) Environment means Air, Water and Land surrounding us. The industry shall take all
measures for control of pollution.
ii) The people in the area are out rightly welcoming this project unlike the opposition by
the people for establishment of the projects in the other areas.
iii) The industry shall establish the project without causing any pollution problems in the
surroundings. The industry should take advantage of the confidence given by the
people in the area and shall compulsorily establish the project.
Shri Saidi Reddy, President, Green Corp Society, Hyderabad stated as follows :
i) The developing Nation like us require industries to be established and hence, we
should welcome the industries. But the industry shall take all measures for control of
ii) In other areas, industries are not taking proper pollution control measures and people
are complaining against these industries. Hence the industry shall take all measures
for control of pollution.
iii) The factory management is hailing from nearby area. Further they are establishing the
industries in this remote area and not going near to the National Highway like other
industries. Hence, the industry shall be welcomed in this area.
iv) The industry shall provide employment to the local villagers.
v) The industry shall help in the socio-economic development of the local villages as a
part of CSR activities. The management of the industry are good people and they will
compulsorily help in the socio-economic development of the local villages.
vi) The industry may be investing about 10% of the project cost for the pollution control
and environment protection measures. If the industry spends about 10% of their
profits for the development of the villages, it will give more satisfaction to the
Shri G.Vijay Reddy, NGO, READS, Hyderabad, stated as follows:
i) For development of any Nation, we require both industrial development and
agricultural development. The industry has proposed 60 MW coal based thermal
power plant. The socio-economic development of the Nation is essential but before
that environment development shall be there.
ii) As an NGO, working for Environment protection for the past 10 years, I have studied
the ground water development during the year 2001-02. At that time the rivers have
dried and we have advocated for Rain Water Harvesting Structures (RWHS). The
industry is having water source nearby. But during drought period, the surface water
resources may get dry up and hence the industry has to depend upon ground water
resources. Hence the industry should develop RWHS so that the water requirements
for the industry can be met from the ground water resources incase of non availability
of surface water. Further, this will also help in conserving the surface water resources
in the projects, which can be used by the farmers in the area.
iii) The people in the area are welcoming the project but the permissions for the project is
given by MoEF, New Delhi.
iv) The health of the people is important for the Government. The Government will see
that the industry takes all the measures for control of pollution. The Environmental
Consultant of the project is having good experience in Environment protection
matters and can guide the management of the industry for taking up all the required
Environment protection measures. We therefore wish that permission will be given by
the Government for the project under Environment Acts.
v) As an NGO, he has some suggestions to be made to the industry towards
vi) The industry is proposing to setup in an area of 50 acres out of which 16 acres is
earmarked for green belt development. The management shall engage an experienced
Horticulturist for development of Green belt. The industry shall allocate separate
budget for Environment Management.
vii) The industry shall provide separate amount towards CSR activities for the socio-
economic development of the surrounding villages.
Shri Ramaiah, Market Committee Chairman, Kagaznagar stated as follows:
i) The earlier speakers have told about all the issues and he has nothing new to tell to
ii) Earlier one speaker told that about six projects have conducted public hearing in the
area but not even one project is grounded so far. The projects are obtaining
permissions from the Government for establishment of the project but not
constructing the projects.
iii) Other people in the area have acquired hundreds of acres of land and later sold the
lands to crores of Rupees.
iv) It is therefore appealed to the management to commission the project at the earliest,
as promised by them.
Shri Murali Krishna, M/s. Global Enviro Labs, Hyderabad & Environment Consultant
stated as follows :
i) The project management will provide employment to the locals to the maximum
ii) The project management will take all measures for control of pollution and for
protection of Environment and abide by all the rules and regulations of the
iii) The project management will consider the suggestions given by the public and NGOs.
The Environmental Engineer, APPCB, RO, Nizamabad summarized the concerns of the
people and version of the project management. He stated that the public hearing proceedings
accurately reflecting all the views and concerns expressed were recorded. He further stated that
the proceedings of the public hearing along with the videography of the public hearing, would be
forwarded to the appropriate authorities for taking further necessary action.
The Addl. Joint Collector, Adilabad concluded the public hearing.
Sl. Name & Designation of the panel Signature
1) Shri K. Veeramallu,
Addl. Joint Collector &
Addl. Dist. Magistrate,
2) Shri K. Sreenivasa Reddy,
Environmental Engineer (FAC),
A.P. Pollution Control Board,
Regional Office, Nizamabad