PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Thursday directed authorities to expedite construction and renovation work worth Rs1.38 billion to set up a hostel and other allied facilities for the stay of the players at Arbab Niaz Cricket Stadium.
He was presiding over a presentation to review the progress on beautification of tourist resorts and tehsil sports grounds at Chief Minister House, an official statement said. Minister for Information Shah Farman, advisor for tourism Abdul Munim, administrative secretaries of relevant departments and others were also present.
Pervez Khattak directed full operationalization of youth centres in all districts of the province. The youth, he said, should have all recreational and sporting facilities to harness capabilities for more creative purposes.
The chief minister asked the Tourism Department to provide camping facilities in the scenic areas of the province at secure places and arrange tourists’ stay on their own, instead of looking for costly hotels and motels. He said he had approved the construction of a new highway with camping and stay spots from Kalam valley, Swat to Kumrat valley in Upper Dir to connect all the tourist spots between the two districts.
Pervez Khattak expressed the confidence that the new road from Kalam to Kumrat would not only connect Swat and Upper Dir but enough tourism facilities would be provided to the people. He directed officials concerned to complete construction of the remaining portion of road leading to the new touristic spot Kapar Banda in Shangla district and to arrange funds for the purpose.
The chief minister asked the Tourism Department to hold meeting with Galiyat Development Authority to outsource tourist spots for providing maximum facilities to the people.