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Engineers return to quieter India

EXPAT ENGINEERS were this week returning into India as the threat of a nuclear conflict with neighbouring Pakistan seemed to diminish.

Consultants acted after the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) warning that all British nationals should leave (NCE 13 June) was changed to 'should consider their need to remain'.

'Through constant consultation with the FCO we have taken steps to return all our essential staff to India, ' said Scott Wilson marketing director, Martin Nielsen. 'We have around a dozen British staff based there and by shifting holidays and concentrating on our offices in the south, work has progressed unaffected.'

Managing director for Mott MacDonald's 800 strong Indian branch, Peter Lee, said, 'We had about five British staff in our Delhi Metro team at the time the FCO advised British nationals to leave, and these did so, but they are all returning this week.'

Throughout the dispute Pell Frischmann staff have remained in the country. Pell Frischmann project director for the Highway 2000 project in Jamaica, which is being designed in India, Peter Miller said, 'The perception within the country is much less dramatic than elsewhere. Talk of war in Kashmir is nothing new.'

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