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A first in Pakistan: 8 new ‘eco-friendly’ tourist zones in KP

KP government has announced 8 new 'eco-friendly' tourist zones to promote tourism in the region under the KP Integrated Tourism Development (KITE)

KP government has announced the opening of 8 new tourist zones to promote tourism in the region. Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mahmood Khan, has approved the creation of the new tourist zones.

The development of new tourist zones will be done under the KP Integrated Tourism Development (KITE) in collaboration with the World Bank. The eight identified locations are eco-friendly and include Kalash valley in Lower Chitral, Shahi, and Bin Shahi in Lower Dir, Jarogudra in Swat, Marggoz Dak Sar in Buner, Elm in Buner and Mahabanrr in Buner and Sereen and Munawar valley in Mansehra.

Managing Director for KP Culture and Tourism Authority, Kamran Afridi, while talking to Pakistan Today said that, besides boosting tourism in general, the new tourist zones would ease the burden on existing tourist spots. It will also provide employment opportunities to the people of the region.

International Consultancy firm will complete the Master Plan of the tourist zones by June 2021, following which the government will release advertisements.

Read more: How to revive COVID-19 hit domestic tourism of Pakistan?

The managing director further added that the new tourist zones would be equipped with a communication system, investment plan, golf course, parks, and rest houses.

The master plan will also be exhibited in the International Tourism Expo to attract foreign investment and tourists.

Earlier, this month KP had announced Pakistan’s first-ever motorsports arena in Nowshera. KP’s Sports, Cultural, and Tourism department had shared a comprehensive plan of the mega project with CM Mahmood Khan.

The model shows the arena will feature a drag race track, off-road track circuits, practice tracks for on-road and off-road driving, and a go-kart track. It also plans to build a pavilion with a capacity of 3000 seats.

The arena will also provide services such as service stations, garages, petrol stations, washrooms, and parking. Large food courts and shopping malls will also be built on the premises to host various leisure activities.

Read more: How to make Pakistan a competitive tourism destination post-COVID-19.

The gym at Hayatabad Sports Complex

KP government soon to inaugurate a state-of-the-art gym facility at Hayatabad Sports Complex. The administration shared the images of the gym on its official Twitter account.

“State-of-the-art Gym is ready for inauguration in Hayatabad Sports Complex #Peshawar; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government providing International standard facilities to the residents. An International Cricket Stadium is also being constructed next to the gym facility in Hayatabad”, wrote the PTI on its official Twitter handle.

Development projects across KP

Last month in October, the KP government had announced the construction of a national cricket stadium in Kalam Valley, Swat.

Back in July, the provincial government shared a plan for the launch of a cable car project at the Kumrat valley in the Upper Dir district.

The 14 kilometers long-proposed cable car project will connect the Kumrat valley to the Madaklasht valley of Lower Chitral. The planners believed the proposed cable car would be the longest and highest cable car globally, adding it would attract 8.00 million foreign and local tourists to the province.

Read more: KP to build an international cricket stadium in picturesque Kalam Valley.

They said it would generate maximum employment opportunities and boost economic activities in the province. Briefing the meeting about the project’s salient features, it was told that the project would be completed with an estimated cost of Rs.32 billion.

It will have car parking facilities on both the stations whereas it will have an intermediate station as well with a restaurant and other allied facilities. The feasibility study of the proposed project would be completed in a five to six months period.

GVS News Desk