To boost tourism activities in Punjab, the provincial government has floated the tender for a 123 km-long tourism expressway. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 4 billion. With timely completion of administrative requirements, the construction will be completed in 30 months.
The tourism expressway or tourism corridor will stretch from Pindori Chowk in Kala Syedan to Lower Topa in Murree, connecting Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), and Galliyat. The expressway will be connected to five major roads coming from AJK, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, and GB. In addition, it will also be the longest road in the Potohar region.
The construction of this expressway is crucial as it will generate employment for the lower-income population in the four mountainous tehsils of the Rawalpindi district. According to experts, the commercialization of commercial real estate properties alongside the expressway will accelerate the construction of commercial plazas, high-educational institutions, and industrial zones.
The government also plans to plant 0.25 million saplings of fruit-bearing and flowering trees along the entire route. Automated signals and LEDs for advertisements will also feature throughout the expressway. In addition, to make this expressway symbolic of tourism, several monuments that depict the local Potohari culture will also be built along the road.