LAHORE - Punjab Tourism Development Corporation announced the schedule of 11th Cholistan Jeep Rally which will be held on 12-14th February at Derawar Fort Cholistan.

TDCP started the Cholistan Jeep Rally event in the majestic desert of Cholistan during the year 2005 with a view to promote Southern Punjab as a winter tourist destination and promote motor sports in Pakistan.

The main objective of the rally is to promote Cholistan`s culture and historical heritage to endorse. TDCP decided to hold 11th Cholistan Jeep Rally over the distance of 225 KM from Derawar Fort to inner parts of Cholistan from 12-14th Feb, 2016 in which more than three hundred thousand persons expected to visit and witness the rally.

More than 100 professional drivers challenge the sand of the Cholistan in four different categories of race. First time, TDCP introduce a separate category for female drivers for the 11th Cholistan Jeep Rally.

A cultural night, folk colurs, fireworks, camel dance and tourist camp site is also the feature of this Jeep Rally. Rana Mashhood (Minister for Tourism), Imran Goraya (Vice Chairman TDCP), Hamayun Mazhar (Secretary for Tourism), Mr. Ahmer Mallick (Managing Director TDCP), General Managers TDCP, Sponsors and people from different walk of life attend the briefing.

The different departments, Pakistan Army, Punjab Ranger, Punjab Police, City District Govt. BWP, Cholistan Development Authority, Houbara Foundation, sponsors and local community provide full corporation/coordination to make TDCP Cholistan Jeep Rally a success.

Four schemes approved: The Punjab Provincial Development Working Party has approved four development schemes with an estimated cost of Rs1373.36 million.

The schemes were approved yesterday in the 25th meeting of Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) of current fiscal year 2015-16 presided over by the Punjab Chairman P&D Board Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan.

Provincial Secretary P&D Iftikhar Ali Sahoo, members of the Planning & Development Board, Provincial Secretaries concerned and other senior representatives of the relevant Provincial Departments also attended the meeting.

According to P&DD spokesman, the approved development schemes included: Restructuring / Revamping and Strengthening of Punjab Economic Research Institute at the cost of Rs300.182 million, Technical and Financial Proposals for Hiring of General Consultant to prepare (PC-II) (i) Fidic Based Bidding document for Constructors, (ii) Prequalification & Evaluation Criteria for Constructors and Consultants, (iii) International Standard Specifications in Consonant with PPRA and Punjab Government Rules for Construction of Roads, Bridges & Buildings at the cost of Rs32.088 million, Construction of Bridge over River Tavi at Said Pur Pattan i/c approaches of bridge in Sialkot. (Revised) at the cost of Rs414.584 million and Rehabilitation/Widening (from 10’ to 12’) of Road from Pull 14 to Dajal Road length=22.90 km, DG Khan at the cost of Rs294.236.