Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) has asked private airlines to start operations in the region.
The minister says that tourism activity has been growing rapidly and PIA alone cannot fulfill the needs of tourists.
“Pakistan International Airlines’ operations in G-B are not enough to cater to the needs and increased role of the private sector is important to boost tourism.” the minister said.
Malik Tahir Javaid–President Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and Chief Minister G-B Hafiz Hafeez ur Rehman exchanged views on the economic potential of the region. The CM said that G-B holds great potential in energy, infrastructure and tourism sectors.
Tourism in Pakistan
Hafeez ur Rehman highlighted the tourism potential of the scenic area and said that significant measures are being taken to promote it.
He added that the number of tourists visiting Gilgit-Baltistan are increasing day by day and it will result in good economic benefit for both the government and locals who reside in the area.
CPEC and Gilgit-Baltistan
The minister also recognized the role of CPEC and opportunities that it will create for G-B locals. He further said that the project will be highly beneficial for locals as job opportunities will be created.
Rehman also said that G-B has the capacity to generate 40,900 Megawatts of electricity. However the area isn’t connected to the national grid and no significant work is being done to exploit the potential of region.
CM told that electricity generated from dams in G-B will be cheap, sustainable and environment friendly. He said that Bunji, Dasu and Diamer-Bhasha dams will generate 7,500 MW, 5,000 and 4,500 MW of energy respectively.
Via: Express Tribune