Tender for construction of ‘Tourism Expressway’ issued

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Project to be completed in 30 months

City Reporter

A tender for construction of Kohsar Tourism Highway, a game changer project to connect the historical cultures of Kohsar and Potohar region has been issued.

The completion period of this mega project to reconstruct 123 km-long road would be two and a half years.

The government in federal budget 2021-22, had allocated Rs 4.5 billion under PSDP while Rs 1.75 billion was released for the current financial year.

According to Member National Assembly (MNA) Sadaqat Ali Abbasi, the construction of the Kohsar Tourism Highway would not only reunite the Potohar and Kohsar civilizations, but also open up new avenues of employment and business opportunities in the region due to tourism and commercial activities.

New tourist destinations of Kalar Syedan, Kahuta, Murree and Kotli Sattian would be highlighted which would help open up immense investment and business opportunities for the domestic and international tourism industry in the region.

Sadaqat Ali Abbasi said that the construction of Kohsar Tourism Highway would also help reduce the traffic congestion on Murree Raod and an alternative route would be available for Kashmir and Northern Areas from Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

The five major roads connecting Azad Kashmir to Islamabad and other parts of Pakistan would be linked to the Tourism Highway, saving significant time and travel cost for private and defense transport traveling in the region and different parts of Kashmir.

The route would help save huge travelling cost worth billions of rupees annually, he added.

With the opening of new tourist destinations and employment opportunities, migration from the region of Kohsar and Potohar to the suburbs of Rawalpindi and Islamabad would also significantly reduce, which would also decrease the increasing burden on these urban areas, he said.

The project going to be launched as per vision of the present government and public representatives and this visionary and mega project would significantly increase the overall revenue of the region.

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