KARACHI: Sindh High Court SHC on Tuesday directed the chief secretary Sindh to ensure that cellular phone towers in the city are regulated and restricted.
A division bench of SHC headed by Chief Justice Mushir Alam gave this direction while hearing the petition filed by Al-Fatima Chambers Welfare Association against the installation of cellular phone towers by a private company on the rooftops of buildings in the residential areas of the city without approval of the authorities concerned.
The petitioner had contended that towers’ radiations are threat to human health and could bring several disorders to the people living near them.
During the hearing the bench observed that slackness in duty by the administration is adding to the miseries of the city that was once called city lights now has turned into Jungle of concrete and mushroom growth of unpleasant sites of cellular companies towers.
It said that task of finalizing comprehensive policy for installation of cellular phone towers in the city was given to a committee under director general of Sindh Building Control Authority SBCA but minutes of the meeting of committee was mere an eye wash and it showed that no serious efforts have been taken.
Additional advocate general Miran Muhammad Shah submitted that cellular companies had not come up with solution to these issues.
The bench said that cellular companies would never come forward about the beauty of city.