Dozens of rest homes handed over to the Tourism and Culture Authority have been closed in the past 3 years and a plan is now being studied to return them to the relevant government departments in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP rest houses).
A total of 138 rest homes have been handed over to the government, but now dozens are ready to be returned.
The authority said several rest homes could not be used due to the location as they are far from tourist destinations and are now expected to be returned to the relevant government departments of the KP.
However, according to government sources, the authority would have earned millions in annual revenue if the rest homes were outsourced in time.
Under the direction of former Prime Minister Imran Khan, the remaining houses of all administrative divisions, including the police and the border force, were handed over to the tourism authority to use for the promotion of tourism in the scenic valleys of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
However, the authority does not use it appropriately and it is claimed that most rest homes were located far from tourist attractions. As a result, the recreational homes are in a deplorable state as they have not been used for the past three years.
The KP rest houses Tourism and Culture Authority says some of the rest homes were already dilapidated when they were handed over to the authority and required enormous resources for its restoration.