ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Ahmedabad 2000

Crises and Response

The recent earthquake-related deaths and property damage in Ahmedabad have evoked anger and revulsion at the shoddy practices of several builders and the complicity of government officials and institutions. Many lawsuits, both criminal and civil, have been filed against them. A similar, although far less extensive, natural catastrophe occurred during the monsoon season, 2000, when the worst floods in 60 years ravaged Ahmedabad. This paper is an analysis of the responses to the floods, of the recent history of Ahmedabad that helps to put these responses into context, and of the attempts to move public institutions in the direction of professionalism, efficiency, accountability, and transparency.

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