LAHORE: PML-N Central Leader, MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif has said that Punjab would be made tourism hub through facilities of international standard at the tourism places in Punjab province.
Addressing a World Tourism Day ceremony held under the auspices of Punjab Tourism Department here Saturday, he said Soon Skaser valley will be made an ideal tourist place, adding that vast job opportunities can be created through promotion of tourism in the province.
Hamza Shahbaz said foreign exchange can also be earned through promotion of tourism.
Members Assembly of PML-N Malik Muhammad Pervaiz, Ghazali Saleem Butt, Shahbaz Chaudhry, Tahia Noon and MD Punjab Tourism Ahmed Malik, Vice Chairman Punjab Tourism Imran Ali Goraya as well as Secretary Tourism Muhammad Khan Khitchi also attended the function.
Hamza Shahbaz said there are three lakes in Soon Skaser valley and tourist facilities are being provided at a cost of Rs. 26 crore in this valley.
He said all possible steps are being taken for making Changa Manga, Jalo Park, Lahore Wildlife and Soon Skaser valley attractive for tourists.
He said that a flower park and cinema house will be constructed in Jalo Park whereas more animals are being brought in Lahore Wildlife Park, adding that train and boat facilities are being improved in Changa Manga.
PML-N leader said Punjab government is also planning to start wildlife park in Kallar Kahar.
Hamza Shahbaz said Murree GPO Chowk is again being widened and made beautiful as per old picture of 1951 while a cable car is also being installed from Express Way to Mall Road of Murree. He said Islamabad is also planning to run
Murree tourist buses.
Hamza Shahbaz said provincial tourism policy will soon be announced and women tourism wing is also being established for motivating women to tourism.
Hamza Shahbaz said government is making efforts for the development of the province round the clock but those staging sit-ins in Islamabad have not only made the country a laughing stock in the entire world by attacking parliament and PTV building but are also causing massive loss to the economy.
He said that sit-in drama is near to end. He said flood affectees and IDPs are problems of the country and not sit-in, adding that helping the distressed people is essential instead of holding dance and music functions and celebrating Jashan.
He said why those terming metro bus of Punjab government as Jangla bus are now announcing to run metro bus in KPK.
Hamza Shahbaz disclosed that World Bank has started financing for Diamir Basha Dam, adding that government is making sincere efforts for resolving problems of the people but those staging sit-ins are creating hurdles through London plan and other conspiracies.
Hamza Shahbaz Sharif also inaugurated a pictorial exhibition of natural scenes of Soon Skaser Valley and appreciated photographs made by university students.