Peshawar: Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has asked appropriate officials to take immediate action to halt illegal development in Kalam, Kumrat, and other tourism destinations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He also requested that work on access roads to tourism destinations in Malakand, Hazara, and the southern districts be expedited.

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According to an official statement issued here on Sunday, the chief minister delivered these directions while chairing a meeting to examine progress on different government projects aimed at developing tourism in the province.

Action is being made to dissuade and stop unlicensed construction activity in the Kalam and Kumrat areas, according to the meeting.

The chief minister instructed the competent quarters to conduct an assessment survey of all rest houses owned by various provincial ministries in order to give over suitable rest houses to the tourist department for use in promoting tourism activities.

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The provincial cabinet had approved a draught act to establish Kalam Development Authority on the model of Galiyat Development Authority, which would be tabled in the provincial assembly for enactment soon, according to progress on the establishment of special purpose development authorities in tourist areas of the province.

It was reported that significant progress had been made on the construction of different roads in Malakand division to promote tourism, and that work on two routes to Shaikh Badeen, a historical tourist attraction in the southern regions, was also ongoing.

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