PTI government initiating new tourism projects

Thursday, September 5, 2013
The PTI government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is starting new projects for the promotion of tourism in the province and in this connection a modern ferry service is being started in River Indus and River Kabul. This was told to chairman, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan at a meeting in Chief Minister's House. 

The PTI chief was told the provincial government had already purchased a ferry, which has seat capacity of 50 passengers. The service would be operated in D I Khan, Khairbabad (Kund) and Nowshera while similar ferry service on the pattern of developed countries would also start in other rivers of the province. Under the tourism promotion scheme, a special train service would also be operated between Nowshera to Attock Khurd. The meeting was told that the ferry service will also prove helpful in seeing the rare-specie of dolphin in Indus and special tour would also be arranged for this purpose. 

Furthermore, the meeting was told that new tourist spots have been discovered in Naaran, Kaghan, Galiyat, Swat, Dir and Chitral, which would be opened for tourists to lessen pressure on the existing tourist spots in the province. Speaking on the occasion, PTI chief, Imran Khan, stressed taking special measures for the protection of environment and discouraging of trees, forests and constructions in the tourists attractive areas. 

The meeting decided that for taking steps for arresting environmental pollution in the already existing tourist spots and hiring of the services of national and international experts for the development of new tourism spots and their protection from pollution. The provincial government would make efforts for provision of facilities to tourists and instead of the construction of hotels, houses and guest houses near the natural pools and springs would establish tent villages to prevent the pollution of environment. 

The authorities of tourism department told the meeting that with the co-operation of youth they are initiating new schemes for the promotion of tourism. Under which the participants of tours will be provided opportunity to precious species of birds and young volunteers will collect plastic bags, empty bottles and cans from the tourist spots and maintain their natural beauty. Similarly, youth will also participate in cycle rallies, hiking and races and all such activities would be organised in the tourists' spots. 
On this occasion, Chief Minister, Pervez Khattak said that the revival of tourism related activities and promotion will not only stabilise the economy of the province, but also help attracting youth towards healthy activities. For keeping youth of the province busy in social, cultural, educational and extra-curricular activities seven "Youth Centres" have been established at divisional level for highlighting their talents. For these centres advisory councils have also been constituted at divisional level, which will be comprised of youth organisations, officials of youth affairs, elected public representatives and players. 
The PTI chief was further told that sites for the establishment of Youth Centres have been identified at divisional level and funds have also been arranged. The centres will be become functional by September 30, 2013. These centres will organise seminars, workshops and debates and will provide an opportunity for the youth to attend healthy activities. PTI chief said that the volunteers of PTI will also be included in these centres. He said that playgrounds and stadiums would be established in all 69 tehsils of the province and the conditions of the already existing stadiums would be improved. 

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