Islamabad: According to news released on Sunday, the Punjab government has agreed to begin construction on the 123.6-kilometer Tourism Highway next month (November 28). During a conference, parliamentarians decided to hold two inauguration ceremonies to kick off the project, one in Kotli Sattian and the other in Kahuta.

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According to reports, the route will begin from Chowk Pindori Kallar Syedan and terminate in Kahuta at Mator, Payor, and Punjar. It will then connect Chent to the rest of the world. Because there is already a motorway connecting Chent and Kotli Sattian, a new road will be built from Kotli Sattian to Lower Topa, connecting Muzaffarabad in the future.

Furthermore, the Punjab government has enacted Section 144 in the area, which prohibits the sale or purchase of land in the area until the project’s land acquisition is completed. Section 144 was indicated as being in effect for three months. Any construction on either side of the 220-foot road is prohibited by Section 144 (6) of the Criminal Code of 1898.

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The project is part of the district administration’s Public Sector Development Programme 2021-22, and the overall cost of the Tourism Highway is PKR 4.051 billion, according to a senior official. He went on to claim that the road between New Murree and Panjpeer Rocks will be the shortest possible. He went on to say that the route would reduce travel time between tourist spots.

Tourists will be able to camp and stopover at designated spots along the Tourism Highway, as well as participate in water sports. The route would create a new economic and transportation link connecting three tehsils in Rawalpindi district and tourism sites.

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It will also benefit residents and encourage economic and tourism development. PKR 2,486 million would be spent on road work, PKR 180.359 million on road furnishings, PKR 912 million on road construction, and PKR 39 million on land purchase, according to the senior official.

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