SHC restrains work where underground phone cables are laid

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday restrained Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB), and other entities from carrying out any developmental work at the places, where underground phone cables are laid, without informing PTCL authorities.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar gave this injunction while hearing a petition filed by PTCL seeking court directives to respondents – KMC, KWSB, SSGC, and OGRA for taking all possible measures to ensure that underground phone cables are not damaged during work at various places in the city.

Advocate Haider Waheed, representing PTCL submitted before the Judges that respondents dig up the places and roads for various purposes, including developmental projects causing damage to the telephone cables including optic cable laid by PTCL throughout the province. He said that illegal act of respondents not only caused financial loss to PTCL in shape of repair and restoration of damaged cables but its customers also suffered.

Haider said that according to Section 19-A of Telegraph Act 1885, respondents are required to issue notice to PTCL before commencing any work at the places where phone cable are laid so that necessary measures could be taken to protect the phone cables.

The bench directed respondent entities to follow the procedure before commencing any such work at the places where phone lines are laid. It also issued notice to the respondents to submit comments in response to petition.

Hearing of case was adjourned till April 29.

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