LAHORE - Worst traffic mess was witnessed in different parts of the metropolis as wardens failed to control traffic jumbles on the leading roads.

A great number of motorists in addition to school buses and ambulances were seen trapped on road for hours in Garhi Shahu, Mughalpura, Nolakha, Race Course, Davis Road, and Queens Mary Road, and Allama Iqbal Road.

Traffic police virtually left the motorists at the mercy of young doctors, whose sit-in in front of the chief minister’s secretariat entered third day on Thursday.

Also, there was bumper to bumper traffic on the signal-free Jail Road, Mall Road, Canal Road, Ferozepur Road, Wahdat Road, Multan Road, Bund Road, GT Road Baghbanpura, and Lower Mall. The traffic snarl-up also caused problems for the residents in the congested areas including Garhi Shahu, Habib Ullah Road, Railways station, Misri Shah, Mughalpura, and Nolakha.

The traffic police blocked a section of Mall road and diverted the traffic to already packed arteries. The roadblocks multiplied the miseries of the motorists particularly in the morning and afternoon. Several buses and vans carrying students remain trapped in the mess for hours. Some motorists were seen exchanging harsh words with the police and young doctors over roadblocks.

The traffic situation worsened in the evening as a great number of people left their workplaces for homes amid huge rush. The wardens switched off the signals on some important crossings and tried to operate the vehicular traffic manually but they failed to manage the snarl-up.

The policemen were unable to clear the traffic jumbles in many parts of the provincial metropolis till late yesterday night. A spokesman for the city traffic police said the protesting doctors were not willing to leave the site despite repeated requests by the district administration. Senior police officer also visited the site and asked the doctors to call off the protest but to no avail.

Last month, the Lahore High Court took suo moto notice of the government’s failure to abide by its order of barring demos on The Mal.

The LHC asked Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif to explain why this practice was going on though the court barred such demos on November2, 2011.

Justice Ibadur Rehman Lodhi also issued show cause notice to the DCO, DIG (Operations) and CTO.

“Punjab Chief Minister is also directed to tell about the steps taken by him following the Nov 2, 2011 orders,” the judge said.

The judge took the notice after he and other judges failed to reach the high court in time because of roadblock due to a protest in front of Punjab Assembly.

DIG (Operations) Haider Ashraf and CTO Tayyab Hafeez Cheema appeared before the judge on a short notice, while the legal adviser of district government appeared on behalf of DCO Muhammad Usman. The adviser said the DCO was busy in meeting of provincial cabinet.