ISLAMABAD - Capital Development Authority (CDA) could not start new project since September last due to political interference and lack of decision-making power on the part of Authority top boss. Zero Point Interchange was the last project of CDAs former administration, inaugurated on September 11 last year. Since then, the present administration could start no new project worth mentioning in the last 7 months. On the other hand, some of the running projects, including Construction of the Convention and Cultural Complex at Shakarparian, F-9 Park and phase-II of the Rawal Lake Park have come to a halt. In the meantime, the Authority twice cancelled bids for the construction of multi-billion project of the expansion and rehabilitation of Kashmir Highway due to the alleged manipulation of the bidding firms. The project is now pending with the CDA Board for final nod of Chairman CDA for invitation of fresh bids. A senior official of the authoritys engineering wing, while talking to TheNation, said that Chairman CDA lacked decision-making power and dumped summaries of new projects. He further revealed that Chairman CDA Tariq Mehmood Khan was cautious regarding the launch of new projects due to the external pressure of certain politicians of ruling party to award contracts to their close associates. Another official of the same wing disclosed that Member (Engineering) Tahir Shamshad demanded total engineering sophistication in new and running projects, which, he said, CDAs conventional engineering cadre couldnt be fulfiled. Tahir sends back summaries of almost every new project to the respective officials for carrying out sufficient changes. The practice delayed the projects as the respective project directors, due to their inability, take months to put the matter back on his table, CDAs official remarked. Chairman CDA, however whenever asked to comment over the situation by journalists, denied any lack of decision power on his part and said he was looking into minute details of development projects. He also argued on same occasions that former Chairman CDA Kamran Lashari also took months to launch new projects during his tenure and that he (Tariq), too, would take a little time to sort out modalities regarding various important new projects. Tariq, after taking charge as Chairman CDA in October last, had pledged to resolve some of the longstanding problems of the city including roads, water supply, and rehabilitation of sewerage system and development of new sectors. However, no concrete steps have been so far taken toward resolution of the same problems during the past six months.