The cultural directorate of the province was directed on Thursday to do more to excavate heritage sites in the province and to preserve them.
“The [culture] department should also continue efforts for the identification and excavation of archaeological and heritage sites in the province so they could be protected, preserved and restored in a professional manner,” stated the Caretaker Minister for Sports, Tourism, Museums, Archaeology, Culture and Youth Affairs Rashid Khan while chairing a meeting at the ministry on Thursday.
Sports, Tourism, Museums, Archaeology, Culture and Youth Affairs Secretary Muhammad Tariq, Additional Secretary Babar Khan, Tourism Corporation Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (TCK-P) Managing Director Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, Senior General Manager Syed Hayat Ali Shah, Culture Director Ajmal Khan, Sports Director General Junaid Khan, Archaeology Director Dr Abdul Samad, TCKP General Manager Sajjad Hameed and other officials were in attendance.
The minister was told that a number of initiatives have been taken to identify new spots and restore old tourist spots, enhancing capacity by installing camping pods, setting up a tourist services directorate, beautification and infrastructure development in tourist hot-spot areas of Naran, Kalam, Chitral and Buner.
Tariq said that several uplift projects were being executed under the Tourism Integrated Area Development Unit (TAIDU), which is supported by the World Bank, and the relevant quarters have been directed to expedite the pace of work on the schemes.
With trash left behind by tourists a major issue, Tariq said that they had installed 700 dustbins and as many benches at various scenic resorts to facilitate tourists.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 22nd, 2018.