A workshop and a power plant
Second in the series of workshops on the thermal power sector in India, the Media Briefing Workshop for Better Reportage
was held on June 3-4 to June 17-18 in the city of Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh. The participants to this inter-state event included journalists from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. While the key issue discussed at the workshop was CSE’s report: Heat on Power, a review of the thermal power sector in India, the workshop was also an opportunity to discuss environmental issues holistically. The workshop was enriched by specialist resource persons including lawyer Seshagiri Rao, activist Babu Rao, senior journalist and editor Ashok Tankashala, ash brick manufacturer N. Kalidas and CSE’s Richard Mahapatra and Priyavrat Bhati.
The two-day workshop included one day of visit to Dr Narla Tata Rao Thermal Power Station which is one of the oldest power stations in the state. For most visitors, including journalists who often visit the most unlikely of places, this was their first-ever visit to a thermal power plant. It was at the power station that terms like turbines, coal-washing and fly ash – to name a few – assumed new meaning as the participants got the opportunity to see these first-hand.
|List of participants|
|Environmental Pollution and Control Status in Andhra Pradesh
By: Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board
|Coal based thermal power stations’ environmental impact in Andhra Pradesh with case studies
By: Babu Rao
|Role of judiciary in addressing environmental issues with case studies from coal based thermal power sector
By: Seshagiri Rao
|Fly ash utilisation in brick industry – opportunities and challenges
By: N Kalidas
|Green Rating Project: What, why, How?
By: Priyavrat Bhati
|Understanding Environmental Issues for Better Reportage
By: Anupam Srivastava
|21st Century Vs Reporting globalisation
By: Richard Mahapatra
Vikasdhatri, June 30, 2015