Peshawar: The tourism department has completed the master plan and feasibility studies for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s first four integrated tourist zones (ITZs) in the Malakand and Hazara divisions.

The master plan and feasibility studies for the proposed ITZs, which include Ghanool in Manshera, Thandiyani in Abbottbabd, Mankiyal in Swat, and Madaklash in Chitral, were presented to Chief Minister Mahmood Khan on Thursday.

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According to a statement released here, the master plan will be presented to the World Bank for implementation soon. According to information, Ghanool ITZ will be created on 480 Kanal, Mankiyal on 754 kanal, Madaklasht on 540 kanal, and Thandyani ITZ on 640 Kanal.

The ITZs are estimated to generate 16,000 direct and indirect job opportunities and $2.8 billion in investment, according to records.

The records claimed that land assessment of three sites, including Ghanool, Makyal, and Madaklash, was underway following the enforcement of Section IV, but no purchase was required at Thandayni, where the land was controlled by the Galiyat Development Authority (GDA).

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After land assessment, these sites will be notified as ITZs by Provincial Tourism Strategy Board. In addition, requests for proposals and bidding documents will be finalised for attracting investments in parallel.

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