The World Bank will give $500 million to Punjab Government in order to restore religious sites, promote religious and cultural tourism and improve the infrastructure at nine religious sites, MPA Sardar Ramesh Singh Arora told Dawn News that these nine sites includes 3 Sikh sites, 3 Islamic sites, 2 Buddhist sites and 1 Hindu site.
Regarding Sikh sites, the Gurdwara Sacha Sauda in Sheikhupura, Gurdwara darbar sahib kartarpura in Narowal and Gurdwara Rori Sahib Eminabad in Gujranwala will be restored and provided with tourism facilities. While considering Islamic sites, the tomb of Bibi Jawindi, Uch Sharif Bhawalpur, the Shrine of Shah Rukn-e-Alam Multan and the shrine of Hazrat Ghulam Farid in Kot Mithan Rajanpur will also be worked in a similar way.
Besides the mentioned sites, the budget will also be allocated to provide tourism facilities at Taxila Museum, the Mankiala Stupa will also be restored and provided with tourism facilities along with work on Katas Raj Temples in Chakwal—he added.
The MPA said World Bank and the provincial government had finalized the project to leverage tourism and the importance of cultural tourist’s sites. He said roughly 20,000 Sikh pilgrims visit Pakistan each year on four official events. Getting only 10 percent of the global Sikh population of 25 million would greatly contribute to the country’s economy, he added.
World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) places Pakistan at number 136 for the contribution of Travel and Tourism to national GDP, by spending and the promotion of the mentioned sites will boost the tourism in Pakistan and there would be a greater share of Travel and Tourism to the national GDP.