Mithiverdi, is a name made of local terms ‘Mithi’ and ‘Verdi’ which literally means “sweet well”. It is located on a plateau on the west of the Gulf of Khambhat in Gujarat’s Bhavnagar district. A Nuclear power plant was proposed and approved by the government in 2009. Since then, the people of Mithiverdi and 23 adjoining villages have been opposing it.
The proposed plant, which will have six reactors of 6,000 MW each, will take up 777 hectares (ha.). Of this, 608 ha. is agricultural land. The power plant was recently in the news (2013) Around 5,000 farmers walked out of the public hearing organized by the state government on March 5. They alleged stating that the public hearing is illegal and shouted slogans against the plant.
Farmers are against the plant because it will be built on or close to their fertile land. A walk through the villages confirms their claim. Mithiverdi and the adjoining village Jasapara are full of mango and cheeku orchards. Farmers take three crops a year and earn well. While the fear of losing their fertile land is the primary reason farmers anywhere would oppose the plant. The fact that it is a nuclear power plant changing villagers’ attitude towards outsiders. Villagers no more entertain visitors, because of this plant.