CM inaugurates Heritage Trail project from Gor Gathri to Ghanta Ghar

Pervez Khattak

PESHAWAR:Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Thursday said that the future of coming generation belonged to Heritage Trail project for which efforts were being made to facelift Peshawar to make the city clean and green for the dwellers and tourists.
Inaugurating the Heritage Trail project from Gor Gathri to Ghanta Ghar, the chief minister said that the province was in shambles due to militancy and terrorism when they came into power but now peace had been restored and businesses, trade and development works go hand in hand. Member Provincial Assembly Shaukat Yousafzai, Secretary Sports, Tourism, Archaeology, Museums, Culture and Youth Affairs Muhammad Tariq, Director Archaeology Abdul Samad, District Nazim Peshawar Muhammad Asim, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shaukat Ali and others were also present on the occasion.
The chief minister 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 Rs 301.5 million to renovate and refurbish outer side 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,” Pervez Khattak said, while explaining the salient features of the project.
The chief minister 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, adding that the provincial government was spending Rs 8 billion on the  reconstruction of a road from Charsadda Road to Hayatabad.
“We are also going to inaugurate the biggest zoo of the country in Peshawar within a month time,” the chief minister said and added that because of huge legislation the citizens now have the power to even check and question my expenses. 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 be completed in around four months and will help to 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. While the project was announced almost some time back, but the construction work delayed due to different stakeholders including WAPDA and the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL).– APP


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