The second tranche involves solely the procurement of track components, i.e. rails and thick-web switches that will be installed on railway corridors being upgraded under the RSIP. According to the ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009), the tranche is categorized as C for impacts on the environment, involuntary resettlement, and indigenous peoples. An assessment for impacts on the three components for all subprojects in the railway corridors upgraded under the RSIP has been conducted during processing of Tranche 1 of the MFF; the assessment includes the impacts from installation of the track components procured under Tranche 2.
There are no environmentally sensitive features in the proposed investment. Hence, Tranche 1 has been categorized as B in accordance with ADB's SPS. Accordingly, initial environmental examinations (IEEs) were prepared for all five subprojects (4 doubling and 1 electrification projects) to assess the potential environment impacts and recommend appropriate mitigation measures. The report for Pune Guntakal electrification and Daund Gulbarga doubling has been combined. Hence, there are a total of four IEE reports. These reports include an environment management plan (EMP) and an environment monitoring plan (EMOP). An environmental assessment and review framework (EARF) has been prepared to guide the implementation of environment safeguard requirements for the investment program and subsequent tranches. If there will be any changes in project design or subprojects that will trigger new environmental issues during implementation, the EARF must be referred to for further actions on environment safeguards.
The second tranche involves solely the procurement of rails and switches that will be installed on existing railway corridors. According to the ADB's SPS, the tranche is categorized as C for impacts on environment.
The EMP is a plan for mitigating all anticipated environment impacts during project construction and operation. Specific mitigation measures with details on location, time and responsible agency for implementation is given in the EMP. Mitigation measures for implementation during the construction stage is implemented by the contractor and during operation stage by RVNL. Monitoring of the EMP implementation during construction is carried out by RVNL and the PMC with appropriate guidance and advice by the General Consultants (GC). Records on implementation of the mitigation measures on site will be maintained by the contractor in the form of checklists or EMP tables on a weekly basis. Based on these checklists and spot checks of at least once a month by the PMC and RVNL, monitoring reports will be compiled on a quarterly basis. These quarterly monitoring reports will further be compiled into an annual monitoring report to be submitted to ADB for disclosure on the ADB website. If there are any changes in the design or alignment, the EMP of the respective sub-project will be updated to account for any additional or new environmental impacts.
All required clearances and permits such as forestry clearance and permit from the State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) for operation of hot mix plants must be obtained by the contractor before the implementation of the respective construction activity.
All grievances and concerns, particularly related to the implementation of the RP, IPP, and EMP, will be acknowledged, responded, evaluated, and corrective actions taken immediately. All grievances shall be received, assessed, and resolved by the jurisdictional PIU within 30 days of receipt. In case the PIU is unable to resolve the issue, the matter will be forwarded to the social and environment unit at RNVL Headquarters for corrective action. All grievances will be recorded, decisions documented, and made accessible to the public. The outcome of the redress shall form part of the quarterly report to ADB.