Rawalpindi - The roads in Dheri Hassanabad, Tulsa, Harley Street, Lalazar and Katcheri areas have been facing huge traffic jam during school/college timings because of non-deployment and absence of traffic wardens.

School vehicles unleashes virtual gridlock on many other roads including Mazhar Qayyum Road, Chungi Number 22, Dheri Chowk, Talhi Mohri, Adiala Road, Lalkurti and a dozen streets in the vicinity. But, according to parents and school/college students, city traffic police are paying no heed towards the lingering problem.

A large number of parents and school/college students yesterday told The Nation that they have to suffer a lot daily because of massive traffic jam outside and on the roads leading to their education insinuation due to non-deployment of traffic wardens to control the traffic flow.

They said they either got late from schools/colleges and return back or missed their important classes.  

Zohaib Faisal, a father, said that his son and daughter were studying in a private school located at Harley Street. He said that he has to face worst traffic jam in morning and at noon, when schools are closed.

“I have been noticing for last one week that there are no traffic wardens on duty to control traffic rush. This is unjust, government should deploy wardens to cope with traffic mess,” he said.

“Parents are facing difficulties while dropping or picking up their children from schools everyday because of traffic jam,” said Asma Bibi, a mother of a student whose car was stuck in massive traffic jam at Tulsa Road.

She said no body is taking notice of the situation. She demanded District Coordination Officer, City Police Officer and Chief Traffic Officer to hammer a comprehensive plan to control traffic flow during school timings.

Many other parents and transporters blamed schools and colleges for having no parking space. Muhammad Abid, a taxi driver, said the school administrations should allot parking space to parents in order to avoid traffic jam.

Wajid Satti, the spokesman to CTO, when contacted, rebuffed the allegations levelled by parents saying the lack of parking space on part of educational instructions creates traffic problems.

He said following orders of CTO, a heavy contingent of traffic wardens are deputed in the city to ease traffic flow. He said CTP also wrote a letter to DCO requesting to shift three private educational institutions located on Peshawar Road that cause hurdles in smooth flow of traffic.

“Not a single school has its own parking and the parents and vehicle owners park their vehicles on roads,” he said. He asked the managements of schools to provide parking space for the vehicles.