LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has approved a plan to develop new tourist spots for promoting the tourism industry on modern lines in the province.
A high-level meeting was held at the chief minister’s office with Chief Minister Buzdar in the chair on Thursday. He directed the authorities concerned to take immediate steps to develop tourist spots of Suleman Range in DG Khan. The meeting also decided to renovate the resorts owned by the Tourism Development Corporation Punjab (TDCP) in DG Khan. “Camping sites, hip safari, paragliding and local heritage markets will also be developed to promote tourism,” he said.
Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said vast opportunities were available to promote tourism as an industry in the province adding that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government has devised a comprehensive strategy for promoting tourism. “Southern Punjab was badly neglected in the past with regard to tourism and the development of historic sites in southern Punjab will help promote tourism there,” Buzdar said.
He said Suleman Range areas have a tremendous potential of tourism and the provision of necessary facilities to the tourist spots of DG Khan division would be ensured. “New job opportunities will also be available to the local people due to the promotion of cultural tourism.”
Buzdar said the tourist spots of Suleman Range should be fully projected through various social media platforms and steps should be taken for providing necessary facilities including clean drinking water and security at new tourist sites.
“The tourists will be provided all the possible facilities at Mubarki Top as well.”
“The provision of electricity at new tourist sites through solar panels should also be examined,” he said. Buzdar said small dams projects were under consideration to provide clean drinking water. He also directed the authorities concerned to develop Head Taunsa. “Chowk Malik of DG Khan will be developed as a tourist spot as this place enjoys a unique position due to its geographical location being at the confluence of four provinces, should be made attractive for the tourists,” Buzdar said.