ABOUT US: Though the domain was booked on June 23, 2010, OKHLATIMES started operating officially from September 2010. It is the first local and online-only news source for some one million residents of Okhla, a New Delhi’s district with a mixed population but a deprived locality.
As a rich and entertaining source of information about Okhla, the portal serves net-savvy residents with daily dose of local news. Besides, national, international and sport issues are also published at regular interval.
Though the portal’s coverage is local (limited to Okhla and India’s oldest university Jamia Millia Islamia), its reach is global. Okhla and Jamia Millia Islamia diaspora living in far away countries, including the Middle East, Europe, the USA, Canada and the UK browse the website daily to keep themselves abreast of the development in their locality where they grew up or spend time as a student.
On an average the site reaches more than 40 per cent of the online population of the locality and levels of visitor engagement have been growing with each passing day.
Saviour of local news reporting, OKHLATIMES strives hard to highlight important issues, like lack of quality school, piled up garbage on roadsides, non-availability of drinking water, traffic snarl, low-quality buildings and sewage.
To reach a wide range of residents, including youth and women, the portal combines news writing with social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus.
Also, it provides a platform to residents to discuss local issues, locate and review nearby businesses, and read and contribute local news stories.
OKHLATIMES strongly believes that through civil discussion, communities grow stronger hence we encourage all residents to participate, and ask that each contributor treat others with respect.
OKHLATIMES is an experimental issue-led community journalism initiative with active residents also providing tip-off for the story from New Delhi’s Okhla where some of the unauthorized colonies are in tatters.
The portal is still expanding and we have plans to reach more deprived areas and empower marginalised communities to join the multimedia movement and have their own voice.
In a short period of time OKHLATIMES has made its mark in the media industry. National famed news portal Rediff quoted OKHLATIMES extensively on its stories on Welfare Party of India. A London-based website also mentioned OKHLATIMES. The portal was featured in India Today and exchange4media.com.
OKHLATIMES is not affiliated with any other local media. It is independently operated portal that churns out write-up on education, health and women empowerment. OT is not in print.
The technical side of the website is handled by IT professional F Akram.
Those interested in strengthening community voice (hyper-local portal strengthening local governance) can invest in the company by dropping an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.