ISLAMABAD - Transparency cannot be ensured through words but through actions and if it is required to guarantee transparency in some technical and computer-based process, it needs state-of-the-art equipment.

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) will be holding re-balloting of plots at Park Enclave - a housing society the civic agency has announced a year ago - on December 5. It’s good news for allottees.

But the bad news is the IT Department of the civic agency, meanwhile, informed the city managers that the authority is incapacitated in terms of equipment and software required to hold computerised re-balloting of plots at the Park Enclave.

“Recently, the IT department has received a note containing standard operating procedure (SOP) recommended by the CDA board for adoption during balloting process. We have informed them that the IT Department does not possesses sufficient equipment to follow recommended SOPs,” informed an official of IT department wishing not to be named.

To a question, the officer categorically stated that the software required holding computerised balloting of plots does not exist in IT directorate. “There is no programmer in whole department than how can we develop any such software,” he said, adding if today the process of developing such software is initiated, it would certainly take over a month.

“The same has been conveyed to concerned quarters including CDA Chairman,” he said.

But on the other hand, the authority has decided to hold re-balloting of plots at Park Enclave on December 5 at 10:00am at Pak-China Friendship Centre. Re-balloting of plots would be held on the recommendations of the National Accountability Bureau - who has been investigating the issues pertaining to the Park Enclave.

The authority has claimed that to ensure transparency in re-balloting all the concerned stakeholders including the officials of Transparency International Pakistan, Federal Investigation Agency and National Accountability Bureau would also be invited to witness the process besides media.

CDA Spokesperson Ramzan Sajid said CDA is a civic agency. “It’s not an issue. We occasionally hold such balloting so we do not need to permanently keep sophisticated equipment/software along. CDA will write to the federal government for provision of required software and equipment so that the Authority could hold transparent balloting of plots.”

In near past, Leader of the House in Senate Jehangir Badar has assured the legislators that re-balloting of plots would be done afresh. Speaking on the floor of the House, he has said, “It transpired that the previous balloting was not transparent. CDA would soon announce the date for fresh balloting of plots in the housing colony.”

The balloting of some 613 plots at Park Enclave was held on July 17 last. The big guns of Pakistan’s diaspora comprising the mighty lot of journalists, politicians, parliamentarians, bureaucrats, ruling elites and their near and dear ones were interestingly announced the owner of corner of other lucrative plots in the society.

While oversees Pakistanis and other influential investors were allotted plots fall in depression area or across the wide seasonal nullah flows through the proposed site of the housing colony.