ISLAMABAD  (APP) - The Capital Development Authority's (CDA) plan to set up a disaster management cell is yet to take shape, with one reason or another keeping the project on hold. Following the huge loss in the collapse of Margalla Towers in Islamabad in the 2005 earthquake, the Authority had announced to set up a disaster management cell to cope with any future emergency situation. In September the capital witnessed another big tragedy when a terrorist suicide truck bombing wrecked the Marriott Hotel. During the fire and rescue operation then, questions were raised about the performance of the relevant CDA machinery. Under its disaster management initiative, the Authority had planned to purchase a large fleet of vehicles, fire-fighting equipment and direly needed rescue machinery. Some machinery has been purchased but the required infrastructure and expertise to tackle emergencies is nowhere to be seen. The Authority had sought help for the project from the capital administration, police, traffic police, civil defense and several other departments.The CDA budget for fiscal 2007-08 had allocated funds for the plan but the new budget had nothing for the project.   A PC-1 of the project being funded under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) envisages procurement of 36 fire-fighting vehicles and ambulances at a cost of Rs 600.11 million. When contacted, a CDA official said that the Authority had hired the staff for the cell and a disaster management training academy would be established in sector H-11 on 38 acres. But he gave no time frame.The complex would include an Urban Rescue Centre, fire sub stations, canine centre for 20 dogs, three rubble grounds for training, 60 residential flats, horse riding school and playgrounds. He said the PC-1 of the academy was under process. He said the Authority had already purchased 68-metre aerial ladders from Finland.The official said that the project comprises several departments, hence it could take another one year to take some shape. The Authority would purchase state-of-the-art machinery including lifters, cutters, draggers and cranes. The official said that the project would involve six departments including vulnerability assessment, planning, institutional framework and information system, resource base, warning system, response system and public education. Two well-equipped operation rooms as well as an emergency field control room (EFCM) and an emergency control room (ECM) form part of the plan.