CHITRAL: Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfiqar (Zulfi) Bukhari on Wednesday inaugurated work on a five-star Bejaan Hotel in Chitral.
Mr Bukhari arrived in Chitral in a special plane on the invitation of Mr Anwar Aman, a USA-based Chitrali business tycoon who is building the Bejaan Hotel.
The hotel will be constructed on a hillock in Gankorini at the confluence of Lotkoh and Mastuj rivers near the Chitral town where Mr Aman has purchased the land for Rs80 million.
Sources told ChitralToday that the 80-room hotel would be ready by 2023 at a cost of Rs5 billion.
A function was held at Gankorini in which work on the first ever five-hotel hotel of Chitral was inaugurated in the presence of a large number of people belonging to different walks of life.
Mr Aman told the gathering that the hotel would be a catalyst not only in promoting the tourism potential of Chitral but also Chitral’s unique culture and traditions in the world. Besides, he added, it would provide job opportunities to the local people.
Dast Aman, the father of Mr Anwar Aman, on the occasion said Chitral is rich in mineral and other resources and people of Chitral should collectively work for development of the area. He said on his advice his son decided to establish the five-star hotel in Chitral.
Speaking at the event, Zulfi Bukhari said since the PTI came to power there had been a marked increase in foreign investment in the country and the construction of Bejaan Hotel was one example of it.
He said the government would soon launch a “Brand Pakistan” portal in which all information related to tourism would be available. Moreover, provinces would formulate policies to set up integrated tourism zones across the country and one such zone would be set up in Chitral.
He said while coming to the venue of the function from Chitral airport he saw people demanding construction of roads. He said roads were vital for promotion of tourism and work on the construction of the road infrastructure in Chitral would be started soon.
He said the 150 km Chitral-Booni-Shandur road has been federalized and given to the NHA and tenders also floated for its reconstruction so work on this project would start very soon. He also said work on the 70 km Garam Chashma and Kalash valleys would also begin soon.
At the end, Molana Khaliquz Zaman said from speeches in the function he realized that Anwar Aman had decided to set up the five-star hotel in Chitral not with the sole purpose of business but for the betterment of Chitral.–Karim Ullah