PESHAWAR: Finance Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Muzaffar Said Advocate said in current budget for fiscal year 2017-18 the government has allocated Rs. 3.14 billion for the 54 projects in sports, tourism, culture heritage wherein Rs. 2.52 billion for the ongoing projects and Rs. 620 million for the new projects.
Presenting the fiscal budget in KP Assembly, Muzaffar Said Advocate said that the government has initiated 53 developmental schemes for the youth in sports, tourism and culture so that to bring back the traumatized youth to health activities besides portraying a soft image of the province at national and international levels.
Muzaffar Said Advocate said that the new budget is providing resources for completing Arbab Niaz Cricket Stadium on fast track. He informed the house that a total of 53 different schemes put in for the development of sports infrastructure, creating facilities in the Rustam Sports Complex District Mardan would be gradually increased.
He said work 158 play grounds has been initiated of which 85 are about to completion by December this year. Recalling the government’s four-year performance, he said for the first time in this history it formulated tourism and youth policies to promote adventure tourism.
He said to overcome the influx of the tourists on different tourism spots, the government initiated a plan to develop modern-day tent village at nine different places out of four have been completed while the work on the rest of them in process.
He said for highlighting the soft image of the province, the events like motorcycle rallies, jeep rallies, male and female gliding events vantage car rally, safari train, boating, family festival at Dera Ismail Khan, Hunar Mila and Food Festival etc organized wherein large number of people turned up.
He said for ensuring one window facility Directorate of Tourists’ Services was constituted which could share information with the travel agents, guides, hotel and restaurants. He said after coming to power the province has 114 playing facilities but within four-year times it initiated 115 new developmental projects in sports besides rehabilitating 36 different grounds and stadium across the province.
He disclosed that projects included excavation of the new heritage at different places all across the province and protection and development of culture heritage and Kalash culture.
He said construction of Art Academy in Peshawar and Culture Complexes at Divisional level besides establishing of culture endowment fund like steps have been taken. He said the football ground at Qayyum Sports Complex would be established according to international needs besides provision of hockey turfs at Dera Ismail Khan, Swat, Kohat and Charsadda.
He said for up boosting tourism alike in Galiyat, roads, sanitation work and up-gradation of local area authorities at Naran, Kalam, Sheikh Badin, Chitral and various other tourism resorts would be developed that in one way would develop tourism and on the other hand would create employments to the local people who solely relay on tourism.
He said the government for the first time in the history launched a gigantic event “Khalari Ho Tu Sabit Karo” in which first and 2nd Under-23 Games organized in which a record 8500 athletes took part in 15 female and 20 male games in each year.
He said completion of work at Abdul Wali Khan Sports Complex Charsadda, Hayatabad Sports Complex, Astro-Turf at Mardan Sports Complex, provision of boxing ring in all Divisional Headquarters and rehabilitation of Qayyum Sports Complex and Tehmas Khan Football Stadium were some of the feats.

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