Following the designation of Kotli Satian as a tourism tehsil, the Punjab government has sanctioned the construction of the first state-of-the-art chairlift to promote tourism in Rawalpindi’s second largest mountainous tehsil.
Following the clearance, the Punjab Tourism Development Corporation set out to compile a feasibility study and survey for the chairlift’s installation.
Under the tourism development scheme, former Prime Minister Imran Khan gave Kotli Satian the designation of tourism tehsil. The black mountains of Kotli Satian, which are part of the Punjpir rock range, were designated as the key tourist destination under the initiative. Punjpir rocks’ road infrastructure has been erected, as well as cottages, washrooms, and benches for tourists.
Kotli Satian’s mountain range and forest are larger and denser than Murree’s mountains and woods. The deep forests are also home to a significant number of wild animals and birds. According to sources, international and domestic enterprises have been asked to submit proposals by June 23 to test the viability of the chairlift route. Tenders would be awarded to the lowest bidder and the most experienced company following the feasibility report, they stated.
The feasibility report will be prepared in six months, according to the Punjab Ministry of Tourism Secretary. By December 31, 2022, whichever bidder wins the tender must provide a thorough feasibility report. He stated that the government will grant the prize as a result of this study.
He also stated that the firms will be required to submit a project cost estimate. The chairlift at Kotli Satian will be finished by March 31 next year, and tourists will be able to ride it starting in April, he said.
Asif Mehmood, a former assistant to the chief minister on tourism, stated that all work for the promotion of tourism in Kotli Satyan had been done. Kotli Satian, he claims, has more lovely regions than Murree. From the Panjpir rocks near Kotli Satian, you can see the Mangla Dam, Azad Jammu & Kashmir, and the Kashmir Line of Control.
“Tourists who come to Panjpir Rocks for the first time will return with their friends.”