Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak visited Galyat areas, inspected the anti-encroachment drive in various bazaars and expressed satisfaction on vacating 107 kanals encroached and 25 kanals grabbed lands there.
He directed to complete the repair works after removal of encroachments and metal the 46 feet expanded roads within 15-20 days so that the locals and tourists could see a visible change and beautification in the current summer season. He lauded the cooperation of local shopkeepers and general people in voluntarily removing the encroachments and said such a spirit of sacrifice always formed successful and healthy nations.
Earlier on arrival there, the chief minister was enthusiastically received by locals, tourists and even by the school children. They said indiscriminately removal of encroachments and starting this drive from encroached lands of influential’s was a matter of satisfaction for all of them.
Pervez Khattak said Rs.1 billion has already been set aside for the beautification and development of Galyat after removal of encroachments.
Later, addressing a press conference at KP House Nathiagali, he said that the provincial government vacated hundreds-kanals land worth billions of rupees from illegal occupants in Galyat. Provincial Sports Minister Amjad Afridi, Chairman DDAC Abbottabad Sardar Muhammad Idrees, Special Assistant to CM Akbar Ayub, Chief Secretary Amjad Ali Khan, Secretaries of Local Government, C&W, Information and Culture, Hazara Commissioner Abid Ali Khan, DIG Akhbar Hayat Khan, D.C Abbottabad Matiullah, other officials of district administration and heads of different departments were also present on the occasion.
The chief minister said that government was taking keen interest in promotion of tourism in KP. He said that his government carried out a successful drive against encroachments in the entire Galyat. Nobody was spared during the drive and action was taken against all encroachers, he added. He said that government had chalked out a comprehensive master plan for Galyat.
In future, every building would be constructed according to the master plan, he added. He claimed that tourists were visiting these picturesque hills stations area in a large number after widening of roads and providing other facilities to them. Similarly, massive free plantation would continued for maintaining the beauty of these hill stations, he added. He said that the anti-encroachment drive was extended to the entire province including his hometown Nowshera.
He directed Galyat Development Authority (GDA) to demolish all those extra storey buildings and hotels, which were constructed in violation of the bylaws. He said that government would set up two emergency response centres and install solar streetlights in Galyat.
He said that picnic spots would also be development in Thandiyani and new cabins would be allotted to those unemployed people, who were directly affected by the anti-encroachment drive.
Pervez Khattak said that misuse of rest houses in the province especially at touristic spots would not be allowed at any cost. Any officer, who wanted to utilize the government rest houses, would have to pay for it, he added. He alleged that everyone knew that the last general elections were rigged at a large scale in Punjab.
He asked the federal government to accept their demand for recounting in limited constituencies so that people should know the fact. He claimed that they knew as to where the envelopes of ballot papers were opened.
He asked the rulers of Punjab to wait for few months to see a real change in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. “We have come to power with the slogan of change and it would be seen shortly,” he said, adding that Rs.7 billon would be spent through Sarhad Rural Support Programme on micro hydel projects in the province for providing cheap electricity to consumers. He said that the performance of police was improved in the province. “Our government is not interfering in any department.
However, strong check and balance policy will be pursued for transparency in the departments,” he added. He said that government had zero tolerance for corruption. The corrupt officials would be sent to home, he added.
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