Rawalpindi-Islamabad tourist bus being launched to revive Pakistan's tourism sector

The Punjab Tourism Development Corporation and the Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) are responsible for the initiative.

As the novel Coronavirus curve in the country seems to flatten at the moment , Pakistan\\’s government describes the virus situation as being under control. The government is now focused on resuming regular business in the country to revive its dormant economy.

Under this recommencing mission, several steps are being taken to reinstate the economy. One such measure is the launch of a tourist bus service between Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The tourism facility features red-colored, double-decker, brand new buses with \\’Sightseeing: Twin Cities\\’ printed on either side in bold letters. They are currently seen plying Islamabad\\’s roads.

The Punjab Tourism Development Corporation and the Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) are responsible for the initiative. The authorities held a test run of the tourist service for the transport officials, the District Administration of Punjab, the Federal Government, and local and international media representatives.

Formal Launch of the Tourist Bus Service

While speaking to a media outlet about the public launch of the service, the Adviser to Chief Minister Punjab for Horticulture & Tourism, Asif Mahmoud, said:

The formal launching ceremony will take place on the 20th of August. Its route will be from Allama Iqbal Park, Rawalpindi, to Shakarparian Point, Islamabad. The service\\’s objective is to promote tourism and attract local and foreign tourists to enjoy the culture and scenery of the twin cities.

Mahmoud shared further details of the initiative with the media outlet:

The bus has a capacity of 40 tourists; children under five and persons with disabilities will enjoy a free ride. Initially, we are launching two buses on the approximately 25km route. They will cover almost all the famous touristic points of the federal capital, including the Faisal Mosque, Marghazar Zoo, Daman-e-Koh, Constitution Avenue, Lok Virsa, Pakistan Museum of Natural History, Parliament House and Shakarparian.

According to The Deputy Commissioner Islamabad, Hamza Shafqat\\’s tweet, the bus\\’s initial fare is fixed at Rs. 400 (Dh8.74). The Tourism Development Corporation Punjab (TDCP) will operate the buses. According to their directions, each tourist bus will have a guide.

Regarding the initiative, Mahmoud said:

Local as well as foreign tourists can enjoy the ride on the buses. It will also be fun for those who are visiting Islamabad from other cities.

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