Arvind Kejriwal in Fortune's World's 50 Greatest Leaders

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was on Friday named by Fortune magazine as one of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders -- for his innovative odd-even traffic scheme to battle pollution. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader took the 42nd place in the list. Responding to congratulatory messages, Kejriwal said: "They (have) included my name for odd-even, credit for which goes to people of Delhi who made it successful."  According to Fortune magazine, when "Kejriwal unveiled a blueprint to tackle the smog in New Delhi - called the world’s most polluted city by the WHO - many were skeptical. "A key component: an 'odd-even' pilot project in which vehicles were allowed on the roads only on alternate days.  "The uplifting result of the pilot this January: Roads were less clogged, hourly particulate air pollution concentrations dropped by 13 percent and citizens could breathe deep," it said. AAP media coordinator Deepak Bajpai told IANS: "(Kejriwal) is an exemplary leader. This rank had been given to Kejriwal on the basis of some concrete work. He is a person who delivers." AAP leader Ashutosh added: "Leadership is not about talking but about doing. No wonder Arvind is among top global leaders and (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi is not." 

 

IANS