The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has accelerated work on a multi sectoral plan to alleviate poverty and generate employment opportunities for people especially in rural areas through promotion of domestic tourism in the province.
Under the plan, work on renovation and refurbishment of historic buildings and tunnels were expedited to promote domestic tourism imperative for alleviation of poverty and generation of employment opportunities especially for people of rural areas.
Latifur Rehman, Spokesperson, Sports, Tourism, Archeology and Youth Affairs Department told on Sunday that promotion of tourism was a cornerstone of KP Government policy and special intiatives were taken by his department to promote domestic tourism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said Federal and KP Governments have joined hands to explore hidden tourism potential of the province before world.
Latifur Rehman said the Ministry of Climate Change, Islamabad has beautifully restored the British era way tunnel connecting two valleys ie Ayubia and Nathiagali near Ayubia National Park in Abbottabad district after its discovery and opened it from both sides for tourists and people. This tunnel of colonial era was discovered in 1891 and opened for tourists and local residents after its complete renovation and refurbishment work.
To promote domestic tourism, he said KP Directorate of Archeology and WAPDA have preserved the historical rock carvings at Shatyal in Upper Kohistan district. “The joint efforts of both organizations had saved these rock carvings from being submerged in water.” The spokesperson said developmental works such as fencing, establishment of open air museum.