PTDC’s dev projects nearing completion


Cleanliness awareness campaign starts in GB towns

Islamabad—Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation’s (PTDC) nine major development projects across the country are nearing to completion, Managing Director Abdul Ghafoor said Sunday.
Talking to APP, he said the under construction projects, located in Gwadar, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, Balochistan, Sindh, would help revive tourism sector in the country.
‘The Azad Jammu and Kashmir projects would be completed at a cost of around Rs25m while Tourist Facilitation Centre in Gilgit-Baltistan would cost Rs20m. Moreover, he said ‘Tourism Facilitation Center at Quetta would be completed at the cost of Rs20m.
‘Extension in Moenjodaro Motel would be completed at a cost of Rs. 15 millions,’ he said. PTDC tourists Facilitation Center at Karachi would be constructed at a cost of Rs15m, he added. He said a sum of Rs30m has been allocated for the establishment of Motel at Swat, while TFC/PTDC head office in federal capital would be completed at a cost of Rs30m.
It is also reported that Gilgit-Baltistan tourism department has started cleanliness awareness campaign to enhance knowledge among tourists about proper disposing off waste materials, avoid wall chalking for ensuring cleanliness in the region. Department of tourism in Gilgit-Baltistan would ensure the cleanliness of picnic spots and resorts. Volunteer teams comprising of university and college students were of the part of this campaign.
These teams would visit various tourism spots to start cleanliness campaigns in collaboration with the local people. These teams would also educate tourists and locals about the importance of clean environment. Gilgit-Baltistan Environmental Protection Agency (GB-EPA), was also doing its efforts to ensure a pollution free and clean environment in the region. Talking to APP, Deputy Secretary to Chief Minister of Gilgit- Baltistan said ‘Artists from various places come to paint walls with different colours and to portray different designs aimed at beautify the area.’
Due to improved infrastructure in terms of roads, hotels and tourism spots he said that number of tourists were increasing and expected to rise further.—APP