Athena Chhattisgarh power project

Athena Chhattisgarh power project is a proposed 1200 (MW) coal-fired power plant set up by Athena Chhattisgarh Power Limited in Bade Dumarpali, Kharsia, Raigarh, Chhattisgarh, India.

In 2009, a public hearing was held under the authority of the Additional District Magistrate, Janjgir-Champa. At the hearing, members of the group Jan Chetana pointed out that the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the plant required that a study cover an area of 10 km radius around the proposed site, but that the study actually only included an area of 7 km radius, thereby excluding the village of Singhitari. Based on this evidence, the Additional District Magistrate cancelled the public hearing. However, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry approved the project, clearing the way for construction.

Therefore,  Ramest Agrawal, with help of lawyers with the Legal Initiative for Forests and Environment (LIFE) challenged the clearance before the National Environmental Appellate Authority (NEAA). As a result, 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 25-30 km away from the project site, and only 10-15 villagers were able to attend.

On June 4, 2010, the project received Environmental Clearance.

Project Details

Sponsor: Athena Chhattisgarh Power Limited
Location: Bade Dumarpali village, Kharsia taluk, Raigarh district, Chhattisgarh
Coordinates: 21.9067649, 83.1290013
Status: Construction
Capacity: 1200 MW (Units 1&2: 600 MW)

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