JHELUM: On Sunday, Prime Minister Imran Khan on his visit to Jhelum launched Al-Beruni Radius at Nandana Fort, a tourism project for the revival of Pakistan’s heritage.
The Prime Minister is keen in preservation and conservation of the site, aimed at converting it into an international tourism site, according to PM Office statement.
The historical Nandana Fort is located in Tehsil Pind Dadan Khan of district Jhelum. The site’s archaeological significance dates back to the 11th century when famous scholar Abu Rehan Al-Beruni during his stay quantified the circumference of the Earth. Al-Beruni later wrote a famous book about the region and mentioned Nandana as a great centre of learning.
Furthermore, the PM promised that the government will transform Jhelum’s Bhaganwala into a model village. The comments came after the PM inaugurated a heritage trail at the historical Al-Beruni Site in Nandana Fort.
He further added that the growth in the tourism industry will help people across the country. “When tourism increases, employment opportunities grow and the livelihood of residents improve.” The PM stressed that it is important to secure historical and heritage sites so that the upcoming generations are aware of their history.
The project is a part of the government’s vision to combat environmental degradation and protect biodiversity. The prime minister will also be inaugurating two new national parks, Salt Range National Park and Tilla Joggian National Park, in the Salt Range as well.
The projects are predicted to increase wildlife conservation, increase honey production and olive cultivation.