Govt prepares winter tourism policy to facilitate tourists: CM

GILGIT: Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan, Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman said here on Monday that the government has prepared comprehensive winter tourism policy to facilitate tourists in the province throughout the year.

Under this policy, a state of the art chairlift at Naltar has been setup and such more facilities were being established at other scenic places, he said. Special focus was being made on promotion of peace, maintenance of law and order and infrastructure development imperative to promote tourism in GB.

Talking to media persons here, he said work on roads infrastructure were started and exemplary peace prevailed in the province due to the effective policies adopted by his government under the vision of former Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif.

Tourism sector has been significantly improved, making positive effects on people’s economy owing to arrival of domestic and foreign tourists in large numbers in the province that was a good omen for the whole country.

PMLN Quaid Nawaz Sharif was taking keen interest in development of tourism sector in the province and mega projects were started including Gilgit-Skardu road costing Rs33 billion to facilitate tourists and people under his vision.

With construction of this road, he said, the distance between Skardu and Gilgit would be reduced to two and half hours from six hours. Expansion and reconstruction work on Karakuram Highway costing Rs33 billion was underway that would reduce travelling time between Islamabad and Gilgit Baltistan to only eight hours besides opening GB for tourism and investment.

Emergency measures were being taken for addressing electricity problems in Skardu and Hunza. Gilgit- Ghazar-Chitral-Chakdara Expressway project has been approved and included in CPEC that would link GB with other provinces.

The CM said improvement has been brought in all departments and good governance besides introduction of reforms in education, health and other sectors for people’s benefits.