Work in progress on roads to tourist sites, recounted meeting

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is constructing various roads to ensure easy access to tourist destinations which would cost Rs 13 billion.

This was said during a tourism department progress review meeting held here on Friday with Chief Minister Mahmood Khan in the presidency, a document said.

Under Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Integrated Tourism Development Project (KITE), two major projects including Mankyal to Bada Sehri Road and Thandiani Road were underway and would be implemented at an estimated cost of Rs 4,631 million and 3,182 million rupees respectively.

The meeting attendees were informed that works on various access roads to tourist destinations in the Hazara Division were ongoing and would be completed at a cumulative cost of Rs 4.6 billion.

He was informed that the construction of the access road to the Sheikh Badin tourist site is progressing. Four integrated tourism zones are being established in the province, namely Thandiani (Abbottabad), Mankyal (Swat), Ghanol (Mansehra) and Madaklasht (Chitral).

It was said that 150 prefabricated toilets were being installed in the various tourist areas, of which the installation of 35 units has been completed so far. Two ambulances and a fire-fighting vehicle have been provided to each tourist center.

The chief minister ordered the official to make the special development authorities operational as soon as possible. He ordered relevant officials to ensure safety measures for boating in rivers and dams.

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