[IN PICTURES] Stunning British-era tunnel renovated after being found under a ‘pile of garbage’ in Murree

The tunnel has been revived for tourists after almost 20 years.

The Special Assistant to The Prime Minister on Climate Change, Malik Amin Aslam, reopened a 129-year old historical ”Motto Tunnel” at Ayubia National Park on Thursday.

The tunnel has been revived for tourists after almost 20 years. The Ministry of Climate Change collaborated with the Department of Wildlife to restore the tunnel.

While inaugurating the tunnel, Aslam said:

The unsustainable and exploitative tourism practices in various parts of the country, particularly in biodiversity-rich and environmentally sensitive areas, over the last several years have badly harmed fragile local ecosystems that house wildlife species and their habitats.

The special assistant continued to state:

Given the realization, the incumbent government is taking all-out measures to usher in sustainable eco-tourism models in consultative with local partners and communities as part of the Prime Minister’s vision for Clean and Green Pakistan.

According to a press release, Aslam also shared the details of the tunnel and said:

The tunnel was built in 1891 between Ghora Dhaka (presently Ayubia) to Khaira Gali (Murree) beneath the road and residential area in Ayubia Town. The tunnel had remained in terrible condition due to a lack of maintenance over the last several decades.

Take a look at the renovated tunnel:

Talking about the tunnel, Malik Amin Aslam shared:

The tunnel is 12 kilometers long and has a flat track. This track was 4 kilometers long before 12 more kilometers was added to it – it is now 16 kilometers in total.

Highlighting the renovation initiative, the special assistant said:

Besides reopening and renovation of the different tunnel segments, the tunnel site has also been provided with various tourist facilities, including a paved track to the tunnel, information center, guiding facilities, sitting and resting areas, and coffee shop.

Concluding the inauguration speech, Aslam said:

I hope that the glorious cultural icon would add value to the national park’s natural beauty and provide an added attraction to tourists. We are taking practical steps to promote tourism. The restoration of this tunnel is also a link to the same series.

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