The managing director of Aedas’ Mumbai office, Nick James, has vowed that ‘life will go on’ in the wake of last night’s terrorist attacks across the Indian city.
More than 100 people were killed and at least 250 injured in a series of coordinated ‘Al Qaida-style’ attacks, which targeted tourist destinations and luxury hotels mainly in the city’s old colonial business district.
James took the decision to close Aedas’ 30-strong office in the Parel district, north of central Mumbai, as a precaution earlier this morning and confirmed that all his staff were ‘safe and sound’.
The first James heard of the attacks was via text messages from Britain.
Speaking to the AJ this morning, he said: ‘I have every sympathy for those affected. But, as the local press have been saying, the only way to show these terrorists is for life to go on and I agree with that.
‘I do not believe the overall effects for India will be catastrophic.’
James admitted he had not been contacted by the British Embassy but said he was not worried about being ‘targeted’, despite reports that the terrorists were specifically looking for British and American nationals to take hostage.
Aedas intends to reopen its office tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Lewis and Hickey has confirmed that all its Mumbai-based staff are safe, as have Gleeds and construction consultant Turner and Townsend.
Stuart Senior, managing partner for Nottingham responsible for Gleeds India, said: ‘Gleeds has worked in India for some time and we have projects underway just outside Mumbai.
‘Last week, 14 of our senior staff were staying at one of the hotels that was attacked and it is shocking to think that terrorism has struck in this part of the world.
‘We will be following advice given by the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) very carefully and, provided that we are not placing our staff in danger, it will be business as usual as far as we are concerned.’