ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) is considering turning Pir Sohawa into an alternative to Murree as a tourist spot.
As Pir Sohawa is one of the world’s most peaceful places, a variety of restaurants and hotels will be built to draw tourists from inside and outside the country.
The decision was taken by CDA Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed and Special Assistant to Prime Minister Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Capital Development during a visit to the region.
Mr. Ahmed named Daman-i-Koh, Pir Sohawa and the surrounding areas a special gift to Islamabad from Heaven.
He gave orders to different directorates to set up more tourist hotels and restaurants in the city. Besides increasing the number of sanitation workers and adding additional bins, he also instructed them to pay particular attention to the cleanliness of the region.
The chairman of the CDA said the civic agency was responsible for taking care of the greenery and maintaining the area’s cleanliness.
“Not only for residents of the capital city, but also for the entire country and abroad, this area has the status of a tourist destination,” he said. Giving directions to the Department of Road Maintenance, he said work on Daman-i-Koh repair, carpeting and lane marking should be completed as soon as possible.
Also present were officers from Road Maintenance, Drainage, Environment, Streetlights and other departments.
A CDA official added that Pir Sohawa is one of the most beautiful areas of the federal capital and was taken there by most of the dignitaries visiting Islamabad. Pir Sohawa is a tourist resort situated on top of Margalla Hills that is rapidly expanding.