BATTAGRAM: Construction work has been launched on establishment of camping pods for tourists in Galai Maidan in Alai tehsil of Battagram.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tourism Department General Manager Muhammad Ali Syed and Member KP Assembly Muhammad Zubair Khan along with Assistant Commissioner Alai Shabbir Ahmed, Tehsildar Awal Khan and area notables visited the picturesque Gulai Maidan on Tuesday where the camping pods are being constructed. The visiting officers declared the spot best suited for hiking and tourism.

Muhammad Ali Syed said Galai Maidan will be a unique tourist destination which will attract a lot of tourists. He said it will be opened for tourists soon. He said about 10 to 15 best quality camping pods will be installed in the area. He said these pods have been imported from Europe which will be warm in winter and cool in summer. He said these camping pods will have the capacity to accommodate about 70 to 80 people and kitchen, bathrooms, dining hall and other facilities will also be available for the tourists to spend the night.

The Tourism Department MD said this picturesque spot will provide tourism, eco-tourism and hiking facilities for the tourists coming from different parts of the country and also from abroad.

MPA Zubair Khan said he is extremely thankful to the Tourism Department for showing interest in Alai area for promoting tourism. He said promotion of tourism in the area was a long standing wish of the local people. He said promotion of tourism will improve the national economy and it will also create job opportunities for the local people.

The lawmaker said it is just the first step, and in the next steps, tourism sites will be opened in Chel Ghar, Khapero Sokai Sar, Jabar Maidan and Chawar areas of Battagram.

The camping pods in Galai Maidan are being set up with the cooperation of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), while Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will construct the road leading to the tourist spot. Galai Maidan is situated about 8,000 feet above the see level and this area remains cold even during summers. This area has great tourism potential due to its unique landscape and lovely weather.

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