PESHAWAR: A walk was held on Tuesday from GorKhattri to the end of Heritage Trail to create awareness about Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of tourism.
The Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP) and the Task Force committee on Sustainable Development Goals on Tourism jointly organised the walk. The Members of the Task Force committee, including MPAs Shaukat Ali Yousafzai, Fazal Ilahi, Nirgas Ali led the walk. Secretary Sports, Tourism, Culture, Archaeology, Museums and Youth Affairs Muhammad Tariq, TCKP Managing Director Mushtaq Ahmed Khan, Director Archaeology, Dr Abdul Samad, Town-1 Nazim Zahid Nadeem and others also participated in the walk.
Director Archaeology Dr Abdul Samad briefed the participants on the Heritage Trail project and its salient features.
Speaking on the occasion, MPAs Shaukat Ali Yousafzai and Fazal Ilahi said that present KP government had taken solid steps for the promotion of tourism in the province.
They said that the Heritage Trail project will be completed till March while six more such sites had been identified where projects like Heritage Trail would also be launched to boost tourism and preserve the historic places.
They said that now peace had been restored and businesses, trade and development works was going hand in hand. The Task Force members said that the shopkeepers and traders affected from the Heritage Trail project would be compensated.
“The Heritage Trail project will be completed at a cost of Rs301.5 million to renovate and refurbish facade of 75 heritage buildings and structures out of 150 with a cultural and historical touch along 450 meters distance in this historic City of Peshawar” said Shaukat Yousaf zai , while explaining the salient features of the project.
He said that the promise of bringing about a ‘change’ made by the PTI-led coalition provincial government was going to materialize soon.
He said every street and road in Peshawar would be reconstructed and rehabilitated.
The provincial government has started work on developing a ‘cultural heritage trail’ to attract domestic and foreign tourists.
The project, which aims to make access to historical landmarks in Peshawar easier, will help showcase the city’s historical past in a more pleasant manner.
The heritage trail starts at the historical Ghanta Ghar and passes through Baazar-e-Kalan and the Sethian Mohallah.