Gridlock on Canal irks commuters


–University of Sargodha’s Lahore Campus students stage protest against non-issuance of degrees

–Jam owing to LCCI elections adds to miseries of citizens

LAHORE: Residents of the city experienced a massive traffic jam at the Canal Road and in adjoining areas on Tuesday as the students of University of Sargodha’s Lahore Campus staged a protest against the non-issuance of degrees.

Besides Canal Road, the traffic remained gridlocked for hours on end at Ferozepur Road, Zahoor Elahi Road, Jail Road and many areas of Gulberg. People faced a great difficulty in commuting to their workplaces and educational institutes in the morning. The situation further deteriorated once the various schools and colleges located around Canal Road started letting students off.

Speaking to Pakistan Today, a student of Forman Christian College University (FCCU) said that he was stuck in the traffic for hours because of which he missed his classes.

A City Traffic Police (CTP) official told Pakistan Today that the traffic came to a halt when the students of University of Sargodha’s Lahore Campus started a protest in the morning following the police’s refusal to lodge a case against the university administration for not issuing them their hard-earned degrees. He further said that the police were trying to control the situation.

Despite repeated reassurances, the traffic police failed to restore the flow of traffic and the citizens remained stuck in traffic for hours. Some, amid the gridlock, were also seen leaving their vehicles and trying to get out of the jam on foot while the motorcyclists resorted to driving on the footpaths.

Meanwhile, Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (LCCI) elections also disrupted the flow of traffic on Mall Road at Shahrah-e-Aiwan-e-Tijarat. Commuters on adjacent routes, including China Chowk, Lawrence Road and Jail Road, were seen struggling to find a way out of the long queues of traffic.