The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to transform small dams into picnic points.
According to media reports, as many as five small dams across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are being turned into picnic spots. This includes the Kundar Dam in Swabi, Jalozai Dam of Nowshera, Thanda Dam in Kohat, Abbottabad’s Jhangra Dam, and the Chattri Dam in Haripur.
The step is being taken to boost the tourism industry in the country. In this regard, the dam sites will be equipped with facilities required for the convenience of the tourists such as parking spaces, restaurants, open cooking, solar system, and spot fishing.
This decision is a part of an initiative by Prime Minister Imran Khan to revive the tourism sector in the country. In this regard, a meeting was chaired by PM Imran Khan on August 19, where it was decided to form a coordination committee and remove all encroachments from tourist spots.
Following the tourism promotion initiative, the KP government also has plans to introduce the longest and highest cable car project in the Kumrat Valley of Pakistan. The cable car project, to be precise, would length 14-kilometer and will connect the scenic tourist resort of the Kumrat Valley and Chitral. The project will be carried out at an estimated cost of Rs32 billion.
The decision was made in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa tourism department. Mahmood Khan termed the revival of tourism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as one of the top priorities of the government and gave a go-ahead to the tourism department to carry out a detailed feasibility study and engineering design of the project.
Thumbnail/Social image: Thanda Dam, Swabi. Credits: S. M. Buhkari