OKHLA TIMES metro story well received in media
OT, August 6, 2012 21:59 IST
Two days after OKHLA TIMES ran a story on the raging controversy in the locality over the metro project that is to come to Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), the report was well received in the media with a few publications following it up.
Today, national daily The Pioneer did a follow up on OT story. The Pioneer report with a somewhat similar headline to OT raised the opposition to the Metro project by Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid and Vice Chancellor Najib Jung.
Actually OKHLA TIMES was the first to report that there existed no such opposition against the metro line in JMI as was reported by some national daily a few days ago. After a story about the rift between university authorities and the local politicians was published, OT did a story by talking to local MLA, politicians, residents and JMI alumnus. During the process of the story, OT found out that the opposition was to opening of a metro station in Jamia Middle School and not to the whole metro project as was reported.
Most of the locals are with the University on this issue and they strongly feel that the government should not have a station in the lawn of the Jamia Middle School as it would create security problem.
They want the campus scenic beauty not to be ruined by the metro lines.
Sukhdev Vihar resident and regular OT reader Swarn Anand said: “The website has made a mark for itself in a short period of time by running original and quality stories. Many reporters watch the hyper-local website for development in Okhla and bank on it.”
This is not for the first time that some in the national media followed OT story. Earlier, Rediff.com had extensively quoted from OT on its opinion write-up on the formation of a Muslim political party Welfare Party of India (WPI).
Besides, OT’s report on the alleged Pakistani spy who was picked up from Shaheen Bagh too was well received by some reporters with a few even calling up the portal to find out the mood of the locals and the real story.
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