About an hour's drive from the industrial city of Hisar, a village with rich fertile land spread across hundreds of acres is awaiting a rebirth. Ask anyone in Gorakhpur about their future, most will reply with a hint of what is predestined: "parmanu yug (nuclear age) has come."

Yet there are doubters with concerns as serious as the future of the crops and the water the village drinks when the 4X700 MW nuclear plant comes up. The plant has already got the conditional environmental go-ahead from the Centre.