LAHORE - The metro bus service was closed by the authorities on Monday evening owing to PTI's protests against the killing of the party activist in Faisalabad.

The multi-billion track is expected to be remained closed for the buses on Tuesday as the metro-bus authority has so far issued no direction for not opening of the track.

Around 10,000 passengers, according to government figures, travel through the buses on the metro track at Ferozpur Road from Gajumatta to Shahdarh on daily basis. The closure of track meant for depriving thousands of commuters from travelling by government itself, said an official of the transport authority, adding: "I think there is no danger for the buses if the government allow to ply them on track on Tuesday."

The Punjab government is providing subsidies of Rs. millions to keep the fare on buses at minimum level. Sources say the subsidy even goes to the Turkish company in case the buses fail to continue its operation on law and order situation or other issues.

The city is already facing severe sacristy of public transport at almost every route to meet the commuters' need. Lahore had almost 350 buses against the need of almost 2000 buses.

Another official of the government termed the decision of the government to close to buses' operation as wise because the protesters of the PTI could harms the buses. Security stepped up: On the orders of Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Muhammad Amin Wains, the police are put on high-alert across the provincial metropolis amid mounting political temperature.

Police sources claimed that all types of leaves for the policemen are cancelled and heavy contingents are deployed around key installations, important buildings, and leading shopping malls to maintain law and order in Lahore.

Since the PTI’s anti-government protest campaign spread to big cities in the Punjab, the Lahore police are implementing a comprehensive security plan to avoid showdown between political workers.

A police official said that several squads of anti-riot force are on-guard at the leading roads including the Mall Road, Jail Road, and Lalak Jan Chowk to maintain peace in the town. Police are also searching every nook and corner of the City especially airport surroundings and the residential localities around key government installations to hunt down suspected persons.  Lahore DIG (Operations) has been personally monitoring security situation while all the divisional SPs and more than 2000 cops are employed across the provincial metropolis.