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February 8, 2019

CM approves plan to develop new tourist spots


February 8, 2019

LAHORE: chief Minister Usman Buzdar has approved a plan to develop new tourist spots for promoting tourism industry on modern lines in the province.

In this regard, a meeting was held at Chief Minister’s Office with Chief Minister Usman Buzdar in the chair. He directed to take immediate steps to develop the tourist spot of Suleman Range in Dera Ghazi Khan.

The meeting also decided to renovate the resorts owned by Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab (TDCP) in DG Khan. Camping sites, Hip Safari, paragliding and local heritage markets will also be developed to promote tourism at the grassroots. Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that vast opportunities were available to promote tourism as industry in the province adding that the PTI government had devised a comprehensive strategy for promoting tourism. The southern Punjab was badly neglected in the past with regard to tourism and the development of tourist sites of southern Punjab will help to promote tourism there. He said that Suleman Range areas have a tremendous potential of tourism and added that provision of necessary facilities to the tourist spots of DG Khan Division would be ensured. Various earning opportunities will also be available to the local people due to promotion of cultural tourism, he added.

The chief minister directed that tourist spots of Suleman Range should be fully projected through various social media platforms and steps should be taken for providing necessary facilities, including clean drinking water and security at new tourist sites. The tourists will be provided all possible facilities at Mubarki Top as well. Provision of electricity at new tourist sites through solar panels should also be examined, he said.

Usman Buzdar said that small dams’ construction projects are under consideration for providing clean drinking water. He also directed to develop Head Taunsa as a tourist spot adding that Chowk Malik of DG Khan, which enjoys a unique position due to its geographical location being at the confluence of four provinces, should be made attractive for the tourists. Law Minister Raja Basharat, ACS (Home), Chairman P&D, Secretary Tourism and others attended the meeting.

Kashmir walk: To express solidarity with the Kashmiri people, an awareness walk was held at University of Education, Township Campus. Speaking on this occasion, the Vice Chancellor said, “Pakistan as well as the international community is standing with the Kashmiris in their freedom struggle”. He said the United Nations should take immediate notice to stop the barbaric acts of Indian army against Kashmiris.

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