ISLAMABAD - The test result reports compiled by the Forest Products Research Division (FPRD) of Ministry of Environment exposed the substandard quality of wood being used in Rs48 million contract of the supply of furniture for 70 suits of Parliament Lodges and MNA Hostel by the Capital Development Authority (CDA). The test result documents, available with The Nation, revealed that the CDAs quarters even did not provide the sufficient piece of wood to the Forest Products Research Division to conduct all the necessary nine tests to specify the quality of wood. The letter wrote by the Forest Products Research Division on October 15, 2010 states, The wood samples provided by you (CDA) are sufficient only for the tests for identification of wood and moisture content percentage. To conduct remaining seven tests, the wood of size 4*10*4 is required for each of the seven sample. The Forest Products Research Division asserted through a letter that the authority needed a total of nine tests not only two to judge the quality of wood. These tests include wood identification, moisture content percentage, density, hardness, modulus of elasticity, modulus of rupture, compression parallel to grain, compression perpendicular to grain and cleavage. Responding this letter on the same day (October 15) Parliament Lodges Directorates Deputy Director (Civil) Mukhtar Ahmed Khan through a letter insisted that the CDA required only two tests not nine. Interestingly, one out of these two tests also stood below the average when the Forest Products Research Division on October 18 dispatched a report, also available with The Nation, suggesting the moisture content percentage in the wood as 17%. The concerned officials confided The Nation that moisture percentage should not be above 9-12 percent and informed that the wood might be out of season and substandard. It may be recalled here that the Rs48 million contract of the fixation of new furniture including 358 study tables and chairs in 70 suites of Parliament Lodges and MNA Hostel is marked with several controversies till day first. For several controversies the National Assemblys Standing Committee on House and Library is already probing the issue. Though the committee in its previous meeting had suggested the CDA to stop the payments of the contractor, Fine Furnishers. However, the CDA did not do so and continue to pay contractor and according to sources so far the Authority had made Rs35 million payments to the contractor. The Standing Committee on House and Library in its meeting on December 29 grilled the CDA Member Engineering and Planning, Jabbar Milano, for not complying with the committees orders to stop payments despite directions in this regard. Advisor to Prime Minister Senator Mian Raza Rabbani has also expressed his dissatisfaction over the quality of furniture while MNA Bilal Yasin did not allow the contractor to fix new furniture in his suite owing to its substandard quality. Earlier, a subcommittee of the National Assemblys Standing Committee on House and Library comprising MNA Noor Alam and Shagufta Sadiq urged Deputy Speaker National Assembly Faisal Karim Kundi to stop the payments to contractor.