The proposed NPP at Mithivirdi will be set up in Talaja Taluka, Bhavnagar district, Gujarat which is 40 km from Bhavnagar. The project is part of the Indo-US nuclear deal signed in 2007.
The site is located on sea coast on west side of the Gulf of Khambhat. The total project area is 777 ha. Among the total area 603 ha area falls under agricultural land (both kharif and rabi, two harvest season in India) and the remaining land includes waste land, forest, scrub land, water bodies etc.
Both the BJP government in Gujarat and the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre are pushing hard for the Rs 60,000 crore nuclear power plant.
The local people started resistance against the first public hearing. Mithi Virdi is a small coastal town known for its lush green orchards producing a variety of rare-quality fruits. Fear of losing fertile ancestral land coupled with apprehensions about a nuclear power plant in the neighborhood has awaken protests among villagers.