Peshawar: KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has asked the administrative secretaries and authorities of public sector departments to keep the environmental beauty, touristic attraction, youth recreation facilities and overall public interest in view besides focusing proper attention to ensure the quality and timely completion of schemes in new developmental strategies. It would make all such plans more beneficial and popular for the masses, he added and underlined the need of identifying the potential but otherwise abandoned areas like Khewshgi lake and utilizing it for tourism and other purposes of public interest.
He was chairing meeting about progress on converting Khewshgi Lake and adjacent forests land near Indus River into national park and also establishing well equipped Boating Club under PAF Academy there at Chief Minister’s Secretariat Peshawar.
Those who attended included Advisor to CM on Economic Affairs Rafaqatullah Babar, Air Officer Commanding PAF Academy Risalpur Air vice Marshal Rashid Kamal (SI-M), Vice Chairman Tourism and Investment Board (BoIT) Mohsin Aziz, Secretary Tourism & Sports Humayun Khan, Secretary Irrigation Mohammad Akbar Khan, Secretary C&W Ahmad Hanif Aurakzai, Chief Engineer (Irrigation), Chief Conservator Wildlife, DC Nowshera, DC Mardan and other officials concerned.
On this occasion the chief minister was briefed on salient features of the PAF Boating Club and progress made by his already constituted high powered committee in the chairmanship of Mohsin Aziz for the establishment of national park on Kheshgi Lake and making it attractive for tourists up to nearby Indus River.
Pervez Khattak directed for proper planning and arrangement on international standard boating, fishing, wildlife, waters’ sports and children entertainment facilities in the park and making it more attractive for investment under public-private-partnership. He further asked to utilize the 1866 kanals of the lake and its adjacent 800 kanal forest area for tourism purpose.
He verified re-leasing of 284 kanal lake area to PAF Academy Risalpur and establishment of Boating Club for the training of the jawans of Pakistan Air Force. He took stock of the steps to be taken in this regard and issued necessary instructions. The PAF authorities assured that training and recreation facilities in this boating club would also be made available for general masses and tourists under specific timeline.
Chief Minister also approved up-gradation of boys and girls middle schools for local population of PAF Academy and adjacent villages to high levels, making it part of new ADP and extension of scholarship scheme of Rs 200 monthly for girl students of coeducation schools of certain backward districts.
Similarly he also directed to utilize the abandoned vast public land of airstrips and runway of aircrafts for sprays on crops in Mardan and suggested to use it for paragliding and touristic purposes wherein he constituted a committee in chairmanship of Mohsin Aziz with high official of Mardan distt admn, agriculture, meteorology and PAF Academy to conduct a joint survey of this vast land and put-forth feasible report in this respect.
Pervez Khattak said that domestic and international level organizations and investors were in constant contact with his govt for investment in different sectors including tourism. He said that the services of such organizations could also be utilized in the development of Kheshgi Lake and touristic spots. He said that besides so much rich resources, the nature has also blessed our province with the treasures of pleasant touristic spots while the only thing needed is to take comprehensive and effective measures for the purpose.
He directed the concerned authorities and local investors to perform their role in this regard. He said this province belongs to all of us as our coming generations also have to live here. He said that we can revive our prestigious national status through turning the province into a cradle of peace as well beautiful and a tourism hub.
KP Chief Minister said that the test of commoners and specifics for the development of the province has then started, adding the provincial govt would give a corruption and nepotism free environment to the people and investors for overall economic development, increasing the employment opportunities, abolition of poverty and social development over here.
He said that measures of PTI led coalition govt are ample proof of our sincerity in this regard. He said that the time is not for begging financial assistance and hard loans from developed states and gripping ourselves in their slavery, but it is high time of going forward in a prestigious manner by dint of our hard work all and sundry.
He said that best mean for it is that we instead of depending on others should utilize our own resources and manpower in better manner. Only then, he said, we can make progress with the fast pace like Malaysia, China and Japan.
On this occasion, Mohsin Aziz told the meeting that the committee would endeavour to develop Kheshgi Lake, adjacent 2800 kanals land and also the banks of Indus River for tourism, picnic spots, boating, safari ships, fishing and jogging tracks. Similarly he said they would also burn midnight’s oil to make all parts of KP attractive for the local and foreign investment and tourism.
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