Government makes efforts to boost tourism, says Malakand Commissioner

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SHANGLA: Malakand division commissioner Zaher Ul Islam has said that the provincial government is intended to boost tourism in Malakand division and the ongoing communication development would be a game-changer for the area.
He stated this while speaking at an open kutchery in Bisham on Friday. Shangla deputy commissioner Hamid ur Rehman, assistant commissioner Bisham Khuram Rehman Jadoon and heads of line departments were present.
The local people from the different union councils of Bisham tehsil pointed out the issues of their respective areas before the commissioner.
Mulana Atiq of Losar, Shang, raised that Pesco did not carry out meter reading and sent inflated bills which they cannot pay because most residents of the area were poor and could not afford power bills in thousands.
He also pointed out the issue of blocked road, blocked as a result of rainfall due to landslide and yet o cleared for traffic.
Wasi Shah, an elder of Butyal, said that Pukhtunkhwa energy development organization PEDO was installing poles of the 11.8MW hydropower project in their field but the PEDO was reluctant to pay the compensation of their lands used for power supply towers.
He said local girl schools were facing shortage of staff due to which the girls future was at risk.
Amad Ahmed Khan, a local of Maira, said the Wapda was being hired staff including class-iv from the other districts which should be stopped and action should be taken against the relevant officers.
Shamshi Khan, a local elder from UC Kormang demanded the commissioner to lift ban from reassembled vehicles playing in the region because people bought the vehicles for earning livelihood for their families and source of income.
He also requested the commissioner to tackle the issue of Kormang bridge with the government concerned authority and recently approved Rs 5.1 million shift to the under-construction RCC bridge instead of using on suspension bridge and fill the vacant posts of government high school Kormang.
The local elders also demanded to deploy a registrar at Bisham tehsil for the comfort of local people and get rid of going to Alpuri, also appreciated AC Bisham for his tireless efforts for the area.
Commissioner Malakand on the occasion said by drawing attention of the line department heads, to sincere with their chairs and serve nation and deal public in well manner and be efficient.
“Neither I am corrupt and nor tolerate corruption and if anyone found involved in corruption will not be in my division. I will only expect best performance of you,” Commissioner added.
He said that he had noted down all of the problems related to different departments and their minutes would be prepared and work would be initiated on them very soon and a copy of the work statues would be shared with the respective person who pointed out today here on Friday.
Later on, while talking to media persons, commissioner Malakand said after forming inquiry committees at divisional and district level each and every development schemes would be checked and strict action would be taken if guilty found from anyone side at any stage.
He said the provincial government was taking practical steps for the boosting tourism sector in the region and taking all measures needed for the tourism including mega roads projects.
“This year we witnessed a high number of tourists visited the scenic tourist spots of the region in winter season and we anticipate more tourists in next summer season because due to roads construction the travel is eased and comfort,” He said.
He said the KP and federal government both were going to start work on more major road projects in the region which would be milestone for the area and the hours travel would be reduced to minutes.

Commissioner on the occasion planted saplings at under construction tehsil complex Bisham where DFO Faiz Ur Rehman and SDFO Zahid Hussain were also present.

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