Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced a historic development package worth 370 billion rupees for Gilgit-Baltistan.
Announcing the main features of the development package at a ceremony in Gilgit on Friday, he said it is the first time that such a big amount will be used for the development of this picturesque and strategically located region.
The Prime Minister said the development package envisages hydel power generation and transmission projects, connectivity projects for tourism, youth skill and scholarship program, up-gradation of health system and water and sanitation projects.
He said the government will also support the development of small and medium enterprises in the area besides focusing on expansion of its infrastructure. He said it will be our effort to enable Gilgit airport receive international flights.
Highlighting the immense and diverse tourism potential of Gilgit-Baltistan, the Prime Minister said this development package will prepare the region to attract the tourists which will benefit not only the local people but the whole country. He was confident that exploiting GB’s tourism potential will make it self-reliant.
He however emphasized the need for promotion of tourism in a planned manner to cultivate its true benefits. He said the tourism in the region should not affect the forests and the mountains. He said the introduction of local government system in the region will help take forward the region.
The Prime Minister reaffirmed his commitment to transform the country by waging a successful struggle against the corrupt mafia. He said it is the first time that this mafia is being brought under the ambit of law.