Chennai floods: Bureaucrat refutes expert's analysis of development plan

Editor's note: The bureaucrat tasked with preparing the Chennai City Development Plan-2009, which forms the crux of Firstpost’s two-part series on the floods (read here and here) that afflicted the city earlier this month, MG Devasahayam, has refuted assertions made by the expert, AK Roy, quoted in the second segment.

Devasahayam has clarified in an email to Firstpost that:

This Report was prepared in 2009. AK Roy has mixed up GHK international, UK with GHK Company, LLC, [which was] founded in 1959, [and is] a natural gas and oil company based in Oklahoma City.

 Chennai floods: Bureaucrat refutes experts analysis of development plan

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Brief on GHK and its acquisition:

Before its acquisition in 2012 by ICF Group US, GHK International, UK was an employee-owned consultancy with offices across the United Kingdom, and in Brussels, Warsaw, India, Pakistan, Hong Kong and Manila. GHK has over 30 years’ experience in design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and Policy Development of various urban sector programmes for municipal reform, service improvements and poverty reduction and in managing large Technical Assistance projects in the urban sector working at National, State and Local levels.

ICF has over 40 years of experience in working in more than 80 countries in Asia, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Caribbean. We have worked for the World Bank, the UN, the ADB, the DFID and the IADB, as well as bilateral donors and international NGOs, in support of development and growth at all levels of government, from town level up to national and regional policy level. In India, ICF Group is supported by its wholly owned subsidiary Company ICF Consulting India Private Ltd.

Roy's other sweeping comment is also uncharitable and irrelevant to the subject – cause of the deluge and how the ‘disaster’ was managed – of your investigation and articles. He seems to have pre-conceived ideas and the habit of coming to rapid conclusions without proper research, reading the material and understanding the same.

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Updated Date: Dec 16, 2015 18:51:17 IST