LAHORE - Lahore witnessed the worst traffic mess on Thursday as police blocked many roads during the protest demonstrations by different religious organizations in the provincial metropolis.

Hundreds of vehicles remained stuck for a considerable time on the leading roads especially on The Mall, Ferozpur Road, Jail Road, and Canal Road. The traffic wardens were witnessed staying alongside the roads like silent spectators as they were unable to control the traffic jumbles.

The situation became worse in the congested localities as the wardens diverted the traffic towards already packed roads.

Amid traffic mess, almost all the traffic signaled were switched off on The Mall, Jail Road, Ferozpur Road, and Canal Road, where the wardens failed to control the traffic manually. Motorists were seen arguing with the traffic policemen as they failed to ensure smooth flow of traffic in many parts of the provincial metropolis.

Traffic mess has become a routine matter in Lahore during peak hours especially outside schools, colleges, and other educational institutions.

Schoolteacher Ahmed Nadeem says the traffic wardens are unable to regulate traffic during school and office timings due to which gridlock of vehicles becomes a routine matter on Wahdat Road, Jail Road, Canal Road, Thokar Niaz Baig, Macleod Road, and other parts of the town.