PUNJAB AS A TOURISM HUB
In order to promote Punjab is tourism hub, CM Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar laid the foundation stone of road infrastructure, improvement of six tourists-spots under tourism for economic growth project. The Punjab Government launched this project in collaboration with the P&D Department and the World Bank (WB).
Addressing the ceremony, the CM said that we will improve the road infrastructure with a cost of Rs. 830 million. In addition, he said that we will complete the revamping of 35-kilometer long roads in the first phase.
NEW TOURISM ZONES
We are developing the Tourism zone in the Salt Range consisting of Chakwal, Khushab and Mianwali. Similarly, new tourist-spots will be introduced in Kotli Sattian, Chakwal, Jhelum, Soan Valley, Mianwali, Attock, Fort Munro and Koh-e-Suleman.
Along with it, the CM said that we will also take steps to promote tourism in Jhelum, Multan, Bahawalpur and other areas. Moreover, he said that we will also start more projects to further promote tourism. Because a large potential of historic, cultural and religious tourism is available in Punjab, he said. Meanwhile, the CM told that a program is underway to restore Lahore Fort and other historic spots with an amount of Rs.4 billion. Punjab Government will also develop Tourist spots under a public-private partnership, he said.
The CM said that we have opened a total of 176 rest houses to the public through an online booking facility.
The Punjab government has formulated tourism policy. Moreover, they have also set up a tourism authority to promote tourism. At the while, they have designed a software for online issuance and renewal of licenses of stakeholders.
He said that Chakwal is a lake city as a number of natural lakes are available in this historic district. Similarly, the Government is establishing resorts at various rivers and lakes to offer recreational facilities to the visitors. Such a resort facility is under construction at Taunsa Barrage to offer water sports activities, he added. He stated that the Government has started a Double-Decker tourist bus service in Rawalpindi. They will extend this facility to Bahawalpur , DG Khan and Multan soon. He maintained that a lot of tourism-related potential is available. Consequently, Punjab will be projected as the hub of tourism.
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