In 2018, PTI had vowed to make Khyber Pakhtunkhwa the centre of the tourism industry in Pakistan. The province is filled with magnificent landscapes and views, especially the valley of Swat. However, it is missing one thing – a place for the cricket lovers.
But that is about to change with the recent plans of the government. The government of KPK has announced plans to build an international cricket stadium in Kalam.
With an estimated cost of Rs. 358 million, the project is estimated to be delivered within two years. The stadium will have all the necessary facilities and will be able to occupy over 6,000 spectators.
In an official statement given by the concerned authorities, artificial wood will be used instead of concrete to keep in touch with the natural beauty of the surrounding.
A meeting was held with Mr. Mahmood Khan, Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In the meeting the design of the stadium was proposed and approved. The Chief Minister also advised the concerned authorities to kick start the project. Along with the Chief Minister, Abid Majeed, Secretary sports and Asfandyar Khattak, DG sports were also in attendance.
In the meeting, the Chief Minister was informed of an available land, measuring over 600 kanals. Of those 600 kanals only 120 acres of land would be required for the cricket stadium. Mr. Mahmood Khan instructed the authorities to design either a park or a football field on the excess land.
The Government of KPK aims to increase the flow of tourism in the province, with the addition of this picturesque stadium.