KP CM announces establishment of KDA to develop infrastructure

Pervez Khattak pays tribute to Pakistan Army for eliminating terrorists and restoring peace in the area 

PESHAWAR – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has announced the establishment of Kalam Development Authority (KDA), which would especially cater for the development of communication, tourism, sports and environment infrastructure in Kalam.

He made this announcement while addressing the concluding ceremony of Swat Tourism and Trade Festival (STTF) at Shahi Ground, Kalam on Sunday.

Malakand Army Division General Commanding Officer Major General Nadir Khan, CM’s Advisor on sports and tourism Amjad Afridi, Swat DEDAC Chairman Fazal Hakim, MNA Salimur Rehman along with civil and military officers attended the celebrations.

Paying rich tribute to Pakistan Army and the people of Swat for bringing peace and harmony in the area, the CM said that dark-age of terrorism was prevailing in the Malakand division few years ago and it had become impossible to hold such functions in Swat. But due to the sacrifices and firm commitment of the valiant soldiers of Pak Army, civil forces and the local people, terrorism has become the story of the past and a new era of peace, progress and prosperity has started in the area, he added.

He said that the entire nation is grateful to those heroes of the country who sacrificed their lives for the future of the country during the war on terror. The CM said that participation of large number of people from every nook and corners of the country in the festival shows the fact that peace has been restored in the picturesque valley of Swat, adding that such participation was also a sign of honour and respect for the civil and military forces.

Describing the events like STTF as a source for promoting harmony and brotherhood among the people of the country, Pervez Khattak said that it was matter of pride for the whole nation that the Pak Army, civil government and general people are on the same page for combating terrorism and other evils to ensure progress and development of the country.

The chief minister, on the occasion, announced that the Kalam Festival would be made a permanent annual feature of the province. Showing concern over the dilapidated condition of roads of Kalam, he announced establishment of KDA on urgent bases, explaining that the authority would be responsible for the infrastructure development of communication, tourism, environment and sports sectors and would also act as a regulatory body to ensure sustainability of all the initiatives to be taken in this respect.

The CM also announced construction of Kalam-Mahodand metalled road on priority basis and said that the local people and tourists would witness visible progress on improvement of the communication infrastructure as well as other facilities in Kalam by next year.

Expressing concern over delay in construction of Kalam-Mingora road, the chief minister said that he has held several meetings with the National Highway Authority (NHA) for early completion of the project and hoped that the work would commence in the near future. He announced Rs 1 million for the participants of the festival.

Earlier, Major General Nadir Khan also highlighted the significance of the festival. The chief minister viewed the stalls of local handicrafts and laid a floral wreath on the monument of martyrs. He also appreciated the performances of motor glider and remote control aircraft, tent pegging, brass band, unarmed combat skill and national songs.

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