ISLAMABAD- The fact that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) could start only one project after the transfer of former chairman CDA Kamran Lashari sufficiently suggests the lack of capacity on the part of his successors. After the Zero Point Interchange inaugurated during last days of Lasharis tenure in September last, the Authority was only able to start construction work on the Lehtrar Road in October, this year, revealing that two successive chairmen of CDA could start only one project in the last one year. Instead, CDAs present chairman dumped the proposed Margalla Avenue project designed to link the Capital with the GT Road. The present administration also stopped funds for the Convention and Cultural Complex at Shakarparian, the expansion of Marghazar Zoo and phase-II of the Lake View Park. While the former chairman CDA Tariq Mehmood used to invite Prime Minister Gilani for inaugural ceremonies of decades old projects like the Sewerage Treatment Plant in I-9/2 and projects initiated by Lashari, including the Islamabad Expressway and Faisal Avenue Flyover. It has also been learnt that the Prime Minister had expressed his displeasure over this practice and directed Tariq not to invite him for inaugural ceremonies of old projects in future. 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 still to be started, as the proposals for inviting fresh bids have been dumped in the Chairmans office, it has been learnt. For the last one year, Lasharis successors made attractive announcements regarding opening of new sectors and replacing the outdated sewerage and drainage lines besides promising to end the water shortage in the city but no solid steps were taken in this regard. Senior officials of the Authority attribute the situation to scarcity of financial resources with the CDA as well as incompetence and lack of decision-making power on the part of CDA bosses. A senior official of the authoritys engineering wing on condition of anonymity stated that CDA bosses were also moving cautiously due to the enormous political pressure being exerted by non-elected stalwarts of the ruling party to get contracts for their blue-eyed associates.