National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has proposed to develop Katwa super thermal based power unit at Srikhanda village in Bardhaman district of West Bengal . The Left Front government had backed up the initiative for an area of 1,050 acres. West Bengal Power Distribution Company Limited was supposed to set up the plant for which 550 acres was acquired. Under the 11th Five-Year Plan, West Bengal state government plans to set up four power plants in Birbhum, Purulia, Murshidabad and Burdwan districts, with a total capacity of 3,390 MW. But the acquisition of land earmarked in Katwa (Burdwan district) has run into considerable opposition from farmers and landowners. They claim it is rich multi-cropped agricultural land that they will not give up. Katwa block, with 32 villages, is largely dependent on agriculture and allied activities. The place is well irrigated, and produces three seasonal crops and vegetables. Ninety-five per cent of the people here are marginal farmers whose lives and livelihood depend on their land.