Pakistan will build the tallest and longest cable car in the world to connect the Kumrat Valley in the Upper Dir province with the of Madaklasht Valley in the Upper Chitral. Even better, in the middle of them, there will be an intermediate stop where ski slopes will be groomed.
The Pakistani Department of Tourism has released some very optimistic figures assuring that this project can bring about 8 million tourists a year from all over the world. The new Chief Minister makes a bet on winter leisure knowing that they don’t lack high peaks or spectacular valleys.
Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has taken the modernization of the country and the development of tourism very seriously, especially in mountain areas. One of the things that create jobs the fastest is tourism and Khan has made a strong commitment to this sector.
Focusing on the mountains, they want to promote the creation of more ski resorts and at the same time modernize the ones they have, starting with the Malam Jabba Ski Area. This ski resort, built in the 90s thanks to the help of the Austrian government, has suffered attacks by radical groups, leading to permanent renovations and private army uses.
The Army decided to open to the public the ski lift they used for their training sessions, in order to turn it back into a ski resort. At the moment they have installed an old two-seater chairlift.
The cable car will be an eco-friendly project, with car parking facilities on both the stations whereas it will have an intermediate station as well with restaurants and other allied facilities. At the moment they haven’t given many more details, but it is expected that it will be ready by mid-2021.
The Chief Minister directed authorities to immediately start working on the feasibility and engineering design of the project.