New development schemes for Mirpur
9 November 2007
The News International
Sayed Abid Hussain Shah MIRPUR (AJK)
Islamabad: Unveiling various mega development projects of millions of rupees for Mirpur District, Administrator Zila Council Raja Zaffar Maharoof said the plan was primarily aimed at converting the area into a true model district in line with the vision of skilled and green Kashmir. He was addressing the first news conference in his office after assuming the charge of the office of the District Council Administrator on Thursday. Chief Officer Chuadhry Ashfaq Ahmed Noor, Taxation Officer Chuadhry Muhammad Ali and other senior officials of the Zila Council were also present on this occasion. Maharoof said the AJK government has announced the development funds of Rs1 billion for the uplift of Mirpur city and other parts of the district. He said that with the coordination of the private sector particularly aimed at boosting tourism industry in this picturesque district located around the scenic huge Mangla Dam reservoir was set as the priority. He said that historic Ramkot Fort will be renovated and developed to attract local and foreign tourists. The administrator revealed that mega recreation parks and multi-purpose grounds will be developed in the areas of all four electoral constituencies in the district with the partnership of the intending private entrepreneurs. Maharoof said that a grand rest house will also be constructed for the tourists besides various waiting rooms would be built at prominent designated bus stops on various highways and link roads in the area. He said that since Mirpur was the gateway to the Jammu and Kashmir state from Northern Punjab side, the existing entrance to Kashmir at Mangla would be made more attractive with renovation and expansion for the facility of the visitors including the waiting rooms. Maharoof said that although the District Council has the annual budget of about Rs20 million, he has planned to make the institution self-reliant financially through launching various projects related to the tourism industry with the involvement of the private sector. He disclosed that since the District Council has already signed friendship treaties with various cities of Britain including Bradford and Birmingham, it would move for the implementation of the norms and commitments determined in the treaty through exchange of cooperation and technical know-how in the field of mass civic facilities with its British contemporaries, he added.