Govt plans ‘Stay Home’ project to bolster tourism, rural economy
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has planned a unique “Stay Home” project to bolster tourism and rural economy in remote and far-flung scenic destinations besides promoting adventure and mountains sports in the province. Under the project, loans on easy terms and conditions from the Bank of Khyber would be provided to the people of tourist areas for construction of at least one quality room as per government design where all basic facilities would be provided to tourists for their comfortable stay. Officials in KP Tourism Department told APP that the Bank of Khyber would provide loans for the project and the beneficiaries would be required to construct one guest room having an entrance and exit outside of the house as per the design of the government for the accommodation of tourists. Tourists would pay rent and meal charges during their stay in the said room to its owner, he said, adding the project would help generate substantial income for local people and provide secure accommodation to tourists along their families coming every year in large number to northern areas to explore its breathtaking natural beauty, waterfalls and ancient Gandhara civilization. The official said camping pods experience at Bamborat Kalash Valley in Chitral, Shaheed Sir, Allai Batagram, Mahban and Malka in Buner district remained highly successful this year, which have attracted a substantial number of tourists. He said the KP government has decided to increase the number of camping pods in remote and far-flung scenic areas, especially in Hazara and Malakand divisions. “Ten new tourist sites have been identified in KP where camping pods would be set up. The new pods would be established at Jarogo waterfall, Solatar and Kalam in Swat, Lashkargaz Broghal and Sorlaspor in Chitral, Kumrat in Dir Upper, Alpuri in Shangla, Samana Top in Hangu, Larum Top and Bin Shahi in Dir Lower.” – APP