By Our Staff Correspondent
PESHAWAR: As many as 6.4 million local and foreign tourists are expected to visit different scenic places across Khyber Pakhtukhwa during this summer season.
This figure was disclosed at a high level meeting chaired by Senior Minister for Tourism Atif Khan to review facilities for tourists in the coming season. The meeting was informed that 2.2 millions tourists will arrive in Swat, 2.5 million in Gilyat and 1.7 million in Naran and Kaghan.
The meeting was told that KP had huge tourism potential and the government was taking necessary steps to generate revenue by attracting both domestic and foreign tourists.
He said decision had already been taken for appointment of 600 tourism police personnel and the task in this regard had been done by IGP who had identified persons for the force.
He said the force actually meant for providing guidance to local and foreign tourists so that they could enjoy the scenic beauty of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
He said the government had identified 20 different sites including four in the merged tribal areas. He said pods had been installed at Bishgram Swat, Sharan Forest Khaghan and Tandiyani.
Atif Khan directed the local concerned administration to make sure excellent arrangements for smooth flow of traffic, cleanliness, security and health facilities for visiting tourists.
He also directed district administration to indentify locations for rafting, paragliding, zig-lining, water sports and hiking and horse riding.
He directed local administration to take steps for acquisition of land at new tourist resorts. The meeting was attended by Commissioner and deputy commissioner Mansehra, commissioner Malakand division and deputy commissioner Swat.
Comprehensive development plan being implemented for merged districts: Minister
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Mineral Dr Amjad Ali Thursday said that PTI government is implementing a comprehensive development plan for the merged districts to remove sense of deprivation among tribal people.
Talking to delegation of PTI led by Iqbal Hussain from district Kurram here at his office, he deplored that unfortunately the past governments totally ignored the erstwhile FATA due to which the tribal people were lagging far behind of rest of the country.
He said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in close coordination with the federation was working on various development projects in merged districts to bring these areas at par with rest of the country.
The minister said the projects of public welfare would surly usher a new era of prosperity and development in tribal districts besides addressing concerns of tribal people.
These projects would build trust of local people in the state and the government while removing gap between the state and masses.
He said as per the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan the KP government was paying special attention to merged districts.
Earlier, Iqbal Hussain of PTI from Kurram apprised the minister about the problems being confronted by the local people. The Minister issued on spot directives on various issues and assured to take up rest at appropriate platform.