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Ammar Chowk to be made signal free

RAWALPINDI: The Rawalpindi Development Authority finalised the PC-I and sent the same to the authorities concerned to make Ammar Chowk in Chaklala signal free.
The RDA spokesman Hafiz Irfan said that the project would ease the traffic flow at the intersection. The project would be completed at a cost of Rs700 million, he added. He said that after remodelling of the Ammar Chowk, the traffic movement would continue at all roads of the intersection without any hurdle.
The spokesman said that the RDA had completed the paperwork and the construction work on the project would be started as soon as the project was approved. He said that heavy traffic coming from Chaklala Scheme-3, Airport Road, Rehmatabad, Tamasmabad, Walayat homes and other areas create mess at the intersection, particularly during peak hours.–APP

‘PTDC to host international conference on tourism’

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation will organise a three-day international conference on tourism from January 29 in the federal capital under the auspices of World Tourism Organisation to be attended by delegations from around 150 countries.
This was disclosed by Managing Director PTDC Chaudhary Abdul Ghafoor while addressing a press conference on Wednesday.
He said that secretary general of the WTO would also visit Pakistan next year.
The conference would be a great achievement which would help promote soft image of Pakistan in the world, he added. He said that the PTDC was keen to promote tourism, strengthen the position of PTDC and to make performance of the corporation a role model.
Tourism activities in the country are gaining momentum and foreign tourist arrivals are gradually increasing, he said, adding that all out efforts were being made to project image of the country as a peaceful and tourist friendly country.–APP
The PTDC is also making efforts to establish a special tourist satellite TV channel. The city tour bus service has already been introduced. The quality of services has also been improved considerably, he claimed. He said that the corporation was encouraging local and foreign investors to come forward and invest in the sector.
“I have divided tourism into different sectors like religious, economic, agriculture, sports, culture and medical tourism so that solid steps could be taken to promote all the sectors,” he said. He urged the media, particularly electronic channels, to promote tourism by highlighting tourist and cultural places of Pakistan so that the number of foreign tourists could be enhanced.

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