The Capital Development Authority (CDA) grapples with operational hurdles as the delay in four board member appointments significantly impedes decision-making processes. With only four executive members currently in place, the CDA faces notable challenges in executing pivotal initiatives and orchestrating key operations.
The void in critical positions—specifically in planning, engineering, and administration—stands as a major setback. The absence of these pivotal members has led to a halt in essential decision-making processes within the CDA’s planning and engineering wings, both regarded as the powerhouse of the agency. The absence of a member in the planning division particularly hampers the launch of new initiatives, impeding progress and development within the agency.
Challenges in Governance
Attributed to a directive from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) preceding the general elections, members in estate, finance, planning, and administration were ousted following allegations of a land directorate scam. Despite attempts to fill these vacancies, only the estate member’s post has been successfully occupied, leaving critical roles unattended.
The current void in key positions directly impacts the agency’s day-to-day functionalities. With critical development works in progress, the absence of a member in the engineering wing—responsible for supervising these projects—poses a significant operational challenge.
Proposals for Resolution of Delay in Board Member Appointments
Calls for temporary appointments from within the CDA’s existing ranks have emerged as a viable solution to bridge the operational gap. Suggestions to appoint qualified officers from within the agency to temporarily manage these vacant roles have been proposed, utilizing the expertise and experience of existing Grade 19 and 20 officers.
While the current board technically meets the regulatory quorum criteria, the absence of key executive members still obstructs comprehensive decision-making and operational efficiency. The current board makeup, comprising eight executive and three non-executive members, underscores the urgent need to fill these pivotal executive roles for the agency’s effective governance.
The CDA’s functionality, instrumental in the development and planning of the capital city, hinges on the expeditious filling of these vacant positions. The absence of these pivotal members not only hampers the agency’s operations but also impacts the strategic direction and vital decision-making processes required for the city’s growth and development.