KP government plans “Stay Home” project to strengthen tourism and rural economy

Peshawar – The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has planned a unique ‘stay at home’ project to boost tourism and the rural economy in scenic destinations far and away, in addition to promoting adventure and mountain sports in the region. province.

Under the project, loans on easy terms from the Khyber Bank would be provided to the inhabitants of the tourist areas for the construction of at least one quality room in accordance with the government design where all basic facilities would be provided to the residents. tourists for their comfortable stay. .

According to the head of the tourism department of KP, the Bank of Khyber would provide loans for the project and the beneficiaries would be required to construct a guesthouse having an entrance and exit to the outside of the house in accordance with the design of the government for tourist accommodation.

Tourists would pay rent and meal expenses during their stay in the guesthouse to its owner. The project would help generate substantial income for the local population and provide secure accommodation for tourists accompanied by their families who come in large numbers to the northern regions every year to explore its breathtaking natural beauty, waterfalls and the ancient civilization of Ghandhara.

The official said that the experience of camping pods at Bamborat Kalash Velley in Chitral, Shaheed Sir, Allai Batagram, Mahban and Malka in Buner district has remained very successful this year, which has attracted a significant number of tourists.

He said the KP government has decided to increase the number of camping pods in the remote and remote scenic areas, especially in Hazara and Malakand Divisions.

“Ten new tourist sites have been identified in the KP where camping pods would be installed. The new nacelles would be established at Jarogo Waterfall, Solatar and Kalam in Swat, Lashkargaz Broghal and Sorlaspor in Chitral, Kumrat in Dir Upper, Alpuri in Shangla, Samana Top in Hangu, Larum Top and Bin Shahi in Dir Lower.

As a result of government policies and plans in favor of tourism, he said a record 2.77 million tourists visited Swat, Chitral, Nathiagali Abbottabad, Kaghan and Naran in Mansehra during the holidays of the Eid-ul-Azha.

He said that over 66 billion rupees of businesses have been created from tourism alone and about 27 billion rupees have been earned by the local people and industries including tourism hotels during the holidays of ugly.

Likewise, more than 1.5 million tourists and adventure sports enthusiasts visited Swat, one million Galiyat, 120,000 Kumrat Dir Upper, 7 20,000 Kaghan, Naran and 50,000 Chitral through around 7 20 000 vehicles.

During the days of Eid, tourists flocked to these scenic areas after confidence was restored following coronavirus vaccination by hotel workers in Kaghan and Galiyat.

The government has planned the development of three new ski resorts in Kaghan, Chitral and Swat to promote winter and adventure tourism. Four new hilly resorts, including two in Kaghan, one in Chitral and one in Abbottabad, would be developed to reduce the visitor load to existing tourist destinations.

To provide safety and accurate information to hundreds of thousands of visitors to these scenic areas, tourist police have been made operational at hilly resorts including Naran and Kaghan.

The KP government has stepped up work on tourism megaprojects, including the KP Integrated Tourism Development Project (KPTDP) amounting to Rs 2,667.428 million, the Integrated Tourism Development Project (KITE) amounting to Rs. of 3,000 million rupees and 500 million rupees for the development of the Galiyat Development Authority (GDA) which, when completed, would make KP a national and international tourism hub.

As part of the KITE project, he said that a container-based facilitation center is being built in Chitral, Abbottabad, Mansehra and Dir Upper to provide emergency assistance to tourists, mountaineers, hikers and trekkers. adventure sports.

The colonial-era hiking trails, including Nathiyagali-Thandiyani, Thandiyani-Satto-Mahnoor and Kaghan-Saiful Malook-Anso in Mansehra, are being improved to facilitate the reception of tourists.

The Kaghan Development Authority (KDA), which was established in 1996 and had been overlooked for funding from past regimes, was reactivated by the current government by approving building regulations for Naran. To ensure cleanliness and limit the use of plastic as well as water pollution in the Kunhar River, garbage cans between Balakot City and Babusar Top have been placed and the use of polythene bags has been banned in Naran.

He said the ban on illegal trout fishing in the Kunhar River had been imposed for two years and that community river guards had been given motorcycles to patrol the Kunhar River from Balakot to Babusar Top in order to control illegal fishing, logging and mining in the area.

The Rescue-1222 service was launched in Naran and Kaghan where a ski school in Sogran on the model of Malam Jabba Swat would soon be established.

The climate of Naran and Kaghan is the most suitable for tulip gardening which would start soon in the region where growers are likely to make Rs 60,000 from a kanal product. He said the Battakundi-Lalazar chairlift project is also under consideration. The provincial government was spending 4,655.134 million rupees on the construction of access roads in remote areas of Hazara Division, 320 million rupees on the development of camping pods, 3,044.553 million rupees on the construction of access roads to the seaside resort of Sheikh Badin in DI Khan, 4812 million rupees for the approach roads to the Malakand division and Rs 2.200 million for the development of tourist spots in addition to communication and adventure sports projects .

The world’s longest and tallest cable car project (CCP), at a proposed cost of Rs 32 billion, has been planned to connect the Kumrat Valley of Dir Upper to the Madaklasht Valley of Lower Chitral in order to promote adventure sports.

The project when completed would attract around eight to 10 million tourists each year to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The Chakdara-Rabat highway, worth Rs 10.5 billion, has also been approved to promote tourism, trade and business in the districts of Dir Lower, Dir Upper, Chitral and Bajaur, as well as the strengthening road connectivity to stimulate tourism.

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