PM announces Rs370 billion development package for Gilgit-Baltistan

PM announces Rs370 billion development package for Gilgit-Baltistan

Gilgit (Web Desk): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday announced Rs370 billion development package for Gilgit-Baltistan.

Addressing a ceremony in Gilgit, the premier said it is the first time that such a big amount will be used for the development of this picturesque and strategically located region.

“The development package envisages hydel power generation and transmission projects, connectivity projects for tourism, youth skill and scholarship program, up-gradation of health system and water and sanitation projects,” the PM said.

“We will also support the development of small and medium enterprises in the area besides focusing on expansion of its infrastructure,” Imran Khan said, adding that efforts will also be made to enable Gilgit airport receive international flights.

Highlighting the immense and diverse tourism potential of Gilgit-Baltistan, the prime minister said this development package will prepare the region to attract the tourists which will benefit not only the local people but the whole country.

“By exploiting GB's tourism potential we will make it self-reliant,” he said.

The premier, however, emphasised the need for the promotion of tourism in a planned manner to cultivate its true benefits. “The tourism in the region should not affect the forests and mountains.”

Prime Minister Imran Khan reaffirmed his commitment to transform the country by waging a successful struggle against the corrupt mafia. He said it is the first time that this mafia is being brought under the ambit of law.