Initial Environmental Examination of Mining of Sandstone project at Shahdara Area near Barsala

Narrative Description of Project: M/s Mir’s Joint (MJ) (Pvt.) Limited intends to mine Sandstone from land at Shahdara Area near Barsala, Tehsil and District Muzaffarabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).The purpose of the project is to provide sandstone to the construction industry of all districts of AJK to meet their needs at an affordable price. The mining industry is an important component of the construction sector in the country engaged in producing marble and construction material used in buildings, bridges, paving, monuments, and many other exterior projects. Indoors, polished sandstone slabs and tiles are used in countertops, tile floors, stair treads and many other design elements.

Location Within Country Shahdara Area near Barsala,Tehsil and District Muzaffarabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir

Name of Client: M/s Mir’s Joint (MJ) (Pvt.) Limited

Year: 2018

Name of Senior Staff (Project Director/Coordinator, Team Leader) Involved and Functions Performed:

  • Engr. Saadat Ali, Environmental Engineer and Team Leader
  • Engr. Ali Abduallh, Enviro-Civil Engineer
  • Mr. M. Wajahat Saeed, Environmental Engineer
  • Ms. Iram Sifat, Environmental Engineer

Description of Actual Services Provided by Staff:

The services included:

  • Collected Baseline (Physical, Biological and Socio-economic) of the project area
  • Identified and assessed of all major and minor impacts during Pre- construction, Construction and Operation phases of the Project;
  • Identified all significant impacts that may require detailed assessment;
  • Proposed mitigation measures to minimize, eliminate or to compensate the potential adverse impacts identified.
  • Prepared Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Plan
  • Prepared Plantation Plan.
  • Prepared Initial Environmental Examination Report of the project


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