PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to open Sheikh Badin hill station for public from Eidul Fitr, said the officials of Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The hill station is situated on the North of Dera Ismail Khan and west of Lakki Marwat districts has been developed by the provincial government.
The development work on Sheikh Badin hill station was launched as a non-ADP scheme with a cost of Rs 77.191 million in 2005. A total of Rs 108.019 million were allocated for the construction of road, Rs 038.054 million for the supply of drinking water, Rs 004.098 million for the supply of electricity and Rs 003.112 million spend on the preservation of old rest house.
The formal inauguration of the camp would be made by the Minister for Tourism after Eid. Sheikh Badin is situated at a height of 4,516 feet in the Sothern districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Sheikh Badin top, according to the estimate, can support a population of 25,000.
There will be facilities for tourists in the camp like camping pods for beds rooms, tents adults group, bathrooms and cooking facilities. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa department has been criticized for long failure to pay attention to a scenic spot in Southern districts of the province.
The Sheikh Badin became an official summer place for the British civil administrators of Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan and Mianwali districts. The Sheikh Badin was not made a regular summer camp like one at Razmak and Wana.
Officials of KP Tourism Department said that the provincial government was taking measures to develop the area for tourists. They said that the department has written a letter to the C&W department for construction of road and expressed hope that soon it would be done. Those who are interested to visit this scenic location can contact 0346-5187206 or 0345-9830796 for booking and more details.