Athena Chhattisgarh Power Limited (ACPL) is a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for developing and implementing a domestic coal based Thermal Power Project . ACPPL is a group of Hyderabad-based Athena Power Private Limited (APPL) and has planned to set up two units of 600 MW each in Singhatarai village of Janjgir-Champa district . Athena Chhattisgarh Power Limited has signed an implementation agreement with Government of Chhattisgarh (GoC) for the development of the project. Coal linkage for part of the project capacity has been granted. The site proposed belongs to a fertile district, with more than 80% of irrigated land. Road and rail connection is good, due to the fact that it is very closed to Kobra district; this latter is sadly known for being one of the most polluted areas in the country and this was due to mining and industrial activities. This led to a moratorium being imposed there by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) on any further environment clearances being granted in that region. The interests now are converging towards the neighboring Janjgir-Champa. The state government has signed around 34 memoranda of understanding (MoUs) for thermal power plants slated to produce around 34,000 MW— almost onefourth of India’s current thermal power production and enough to feed all of north or south India.
The ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) had earlier granted approval to the ACPL project. The matter was challenged in the National Environment Appellate Authority (NEAA) by the Ngo Jan Chetanaa. The group challenged the environmental clearance on the ground that the MoEF approved the project without considering the mandates of public hearing. The Public Hearing was held on January 15, 2009 but was later cancelled by the chairperson in view of the documents not being made available to the affected public  However, the National Environment Appellate Authority (NEAA) went through the video recording of the Public Hearing and was convinced that there was discrepancy in what was recorded in the minutes of the public hearing and what was spoken in public by the officials. In fact, it was observed that there was massive opposition of the public to the project. Based on the complaint coupled with evidence, the NEAA stayed the clearance ; in November 2009 the NEAA issued a one-page order stating that the proceedings of the public hearing did not have any validity. The NEAA then quashed the environmental clearance for the project on March 8, 2010.
On April 5, 2010, the public hearings were held again, but 25-30 km away from the project site. Only 10-15 villagers were able to attend the meeting. On June 4, 2010, the project received Environmental Clearance