PESHAWAR     -   As an important development to­ward the establishment of the tourism industry, the Khyber Pa­khtunkhwa Public Private Part­nership Committee has approved the implementation of three Inte­grated Tourism Zones projects, in­cluding ITZ Ganool, ITZ Mankiyal and ITZ Madaklasht, which would be developed at a cumulative cost of Rs. 12.2 billion. 

The committee formally ap­proved the tendering of ITZ Ga­nool which will be followed by the floating of tenders for ITZ Manki­yal and ITZ Madaklasht. 

Chairing a meeting of the Pub­lic Private Partnership Commit­tee, Chief Minister Khyber Pa­khtunkhwa Mahmood Khan directed the relevant authorities to ensure the implementation of aforesaid ITZs projects as per the stipulated timelines adding that it is the priority of his govern­ment to develop the tourism in­dustry by improving the existing tourism infrastructure and ex­ploiting the new tourist sites in the province. 

He said that Integrated Tour­ism Zones not only will provide world-class lodging, restaurants, winter sports and other recre­ational activities but would also promote various elements of lo­cal culture and the natural beau­ties of our scenic sites. 

Mahmood Khan stated that the provincial government has un­dertaken multiple steps to cata­lyze the development of sustain­able tourism thereby ensuring the socio-economic growth of the province. 

He reiterated that his govern­ment is working under a realis­tic strategy to benefit from the tourism potential in Khyber Pa­khtunkhwa and make it the base of economic development and self-sustainability. The Chief Min­ister added that the Culture & Tourism Authority (CTA) will have a leading role in materializing the vision of the provincial govern­ment. 

Briefing the committee about the current status of ITZs proj­ects, it was informed that ITZ Ga­nool, covering an area of 60 acres, would be developed at an estimat­ed cost of Rs. 5.5 billion having nearby attractions like Saif-ul-Ma­luk Lake, Dudi Patsar Lake, Payala Lake, Shogran, Siri Pai and Kaghan valley.