Renovation, uplift: Rs140m released for Patriata chairlift

Chairlift connecting three picnic points was inaugurated in 1990.

APP September 29, 2015
Chair lift and cable car system being used for going to the highest point. PHOTO: FILE

RAWALPINDI: On the directions of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, funds have been released for the uplift and renovation of Patriata chairlift in Murree.

A spokesperson of the Punjab government on Tuesday said a separate electricity line will be provided for the chairlift under the plan.

The Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab (TDCP) had previously demanded the release of around Rs90 million for the uplift, while an additional Rs50 million was sought for a dedicated electricity supply line for the chairlift.

The chairlift, which connects three picnic points, was inaugurated in 1990. After 25 years, the TDCP had not undertaken any major uplift plan for the popular recreation spot in the Murree hills.

The renovation project includes the cost for provision of new chairs, replacing the existing older ones, with a fit-in canopy to protect riders from cold winds during the snowy winters.

In addition to the renovation, the management of the service has launched a public awareness programme through banners and hoardings to keep the environment clean at the hill resorts and avoid littering.

In addition, the Punjab government has also approved a master plan to conduct studies in order to bring existing picnic resorts in the area in line with international standards.

According to reports, the chairlift is a major source of income for the TDCP.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 30th, 2015.


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