SHC summons Clifton project official for flouting order

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday summoned top officer of Clifton project comprising a flyover and two underpasses for flouting its order.

Earlier on April 09, the bench had restrained Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) and other entities from carrying out developmental work at a place where PTCL’s underground infrastructure was laid without informing PTCL.

PTCL counsel Haider Waheed told the court that construction work was being carried out on a flyover and two underpasses near Abdullah Shah Gazi shrine without issuing notice to PTCL as required under Section 19-A of Telegraph Act 1885, which was sheer violation of the court order.

He requested the court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against KMC administrator as construction work was underway around Park Tower in KMC jurisdiction.

After hearing arguments, Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar directed senior most officer of project to appear before it.

PTCL had filed a petition 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.

Haider Waheed had submitted 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 had 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.

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