15 govt rest houses in Galiyat transferred to KP Tourism
Chitral Times Report
PESHAWAR: Following a landmark decision, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
government transferred 15 rest houses in Galiyat to the Tourism
Department, which will boost tourism and facilitate tourists and
ordinary citizens to enjoy stay in resthouses of their choice in
the scenic Galiyat region.
Giving details, Managing Director Tourism Corporation Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP) Mushtaq Ahmed Khan said that the corporation has
prepared a comprehensive operational plan, under which the
resthouses can be booked by anybody on market rental rates from
“We have devised a booking guideline, details of which will be
available soon on the TCKP website (www.kptourism.com). Besides the
booking policy, the operational plan covers categorisation of
resthouses based on their quality, room rental or full resthouse
reservation, and booking facility for government servants during
their official duty and private visits,” he said.
It may be mentioned that when the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)
came into power in KP, PTI Chairman Imran Khan had vowed that the
new government will privatise the state-owned resthouses.
Implementing his directives, 15 resthouses have been transferred to
the Tourism Department in Galiyat region for a period of one year
lease on trial basis to enable revenue generation. These resthouses
will be further leased out to the private sector under a
Public-Private Partnership (PPP) programme.
Under the proposed plan, the existing staff members will continue
their duties but they would be imparted training in hotel
management, hospitality and services.
After meeting the recurring expenditure on conservation of some of
these architectural marvels, utilities and salaries, the revenue
generated from the rent of resthouses will be divided according to
a net profit sharing formula ie 75 percent of Galiyat Development
Authority (GDA) and 25 percent of TCKP. The larger share (75%) will
go to the cash-starved GDA under a special plan for carrying out
“Model Social Welfare Activities/ Programme” in the vicinity of
these resthouses and also for accomplishing development work for
the local community.
TCKP GM Properties & Admin Sajjad Hamid disclosed that a special
“Properties Wing” shall also be established to manage affairs of
the resthouses whilst serving as a setup for centralised bookings.
“The resthouses along with the Tourist Information Centres (TICs)
at Peshawar, Islamabad, Abbottabad, Dongagali will offer
on-the-spot booking whereas an online booking mechanism is also
being developed on the TCKP tourism portal which will be connected
with international online booking services. At the same time, mega
publicity of the resthouses will be carried out through electronic
and print media to attract national and foreign tourists,” he
“Special concessional rates will be offered to government servants
who wish to avail the facilities.” he added.
It merits a mention here that Galiyat is a region of outstanding
scenic beauty with natural reserve forests. The Galiyat tract,
stretching between Abbottabad and Murree is dotted by a number of
British-era hill resorts. Many resthouses located in prime spots
date back from the last century and are in need of conservation to
restore them back to their original historic charm. Once fully
privatised, these properties are expected to earn billions of
rupees for the province.
Out of the15 resthouses recently transferred to the TCKP, 11 were
owned by the Construction &Works Department and four of Environment
Department. They include Retreat House Nathiagali, Karnak House
Nathiagali, Inspection Bungalow Chand View - Murree Hills, Forest
Resthouse and TCKP Resthouse Thandiani, Additional Cottage
Nathiagali, Vendia House Nathiagali, Pines Resthouse Nathiagali,
Forest Cottage Nathiagali, Forest Resthouse Dungagali, Forest
Resthouse Barian, European Cottages 29 & 30 Nathiagali, Secretariat
Cottage Nathiagali, Raees Khana Nathiagali.