ISLAMABAD - The original file - containing documents pertaining to an under-consideration Rs 6.5 billion project of replacement of traditional lights with light emitting diode (LED) lights in federal capital - has mysteriously been misplaced.

The office of Director General (E&M) of CDA has received “nil report” from all the other directorates of the authority, in response of a circular where they were asked to check their office record to trace the missing file.

Earlier, the concerned directorate, E&M, has issued a circular, available with TheNation, following the approval of Chairman CDA Farkhand Iqbal, on February 17, 2012, informing all the directorates that the original file regarding LED street lights project is missing from the record and is not traceable.

Responding that circular all the directorates have showed their ignorance regarding whereabouts of missing file.

A top official wishing not to be named informed that the file was containing original documents including Public Procurement Regulatory Authority and Asian Development Bank correspondence with the Authority over the project, CDA Board decision, technical and financial proposals of the firms interested in the project, and complete project record. He expressed his concerns over the development terming it a deliberate act by some quarters in the Authority.

Chairman CDA Engineer Farkhand Iqbal while talking to TheNation confirmed this piece of news, saying an inquiry has been ordered into the issue the other day. A three-member inquiry committee headed by Director Water Supply Zulfiqar Jadoon would look into the matter.

The committee has been directed to submit report with the Chairman Office within one-week time after thoroughly probing the matter. Another official wishing not to be named informed that former Member Finance Saeedur Rehman and suspended Member Engineering Abrar Shah in their last days in their respective offices had handled the file in official capacity.

However, when same question was asked from Chairman CDA for his comments, he said, “I have heard this rumour, but it is yet to be confirmed.” “It is the major goof-up in the Authority. How can CDA misplace such an important file, which is already mired in controversy?” the official added.

It is not the first time, as few months ago when Islamabad High Court has taken up the issue of allotment of land at throwaway price of Rs2 per square yard to a contractor for the establishment of shuttle service for Diplomatic Enclave along 3rd Avenue, the city managers in a bid to hide their corruption have managed to slip the file containing record of contract from office record.