Around 540 kanals of land in the vicinity of almost 5 dams, is planned to be converted into picnic points, as per the planning of the tourism, sports, and archeology department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The process to make lands next to five dams in Haripur, Kohat, Swabi, Nowshera, and Abbottabad into picnic spots had been set in motion.
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According to an official document, the tourism secretary has formally asked the irrigation department to transfer around 220 kanals of land located close to dams and lakes in three districts of the province. Besides the 220 kanals, the remaining land will be acquired by Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act.
The document further states that the tourism department intends to turn places near dams into picnic places and to initiate to develop land around small dams from the tourism perspective which will increase the knowledge of the people regarding water reservoirs.
Moreover, the tourism department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is planning to transfer a total of 1000 kanals of land near Chatri dams in Haripur district to develop a picnic spot and around 50 kanals of land has to be transferred to the tourism department that is owned by the irrigation department while Section 4 has been imposed for the acquisition of the rest.
The department has also identified around 100 kanals of land at the site of Tanda dam in Kohat district which is owned by the irrigation department along with the 70 kanals of land at the site of the Kundal dam in Swabi.
Around 150 kanals of land was available next to Jalozai dam in Nowshera district that is the private property and has been asked to the deputy commission to impose Section 4 of the law to purchase it.
Department had also decided to purchase 120 kanals of privately-owned land available next to Jhangra dam in Abbottabad. The transferring of 220 kanals of its land located next to dams in Kohat, Haripur, and Swabi for the development of tourist spots has also been asked to the irrigation department.