Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s government has taken another step towards eco-tourism and restored the historic Motto Tunnel, built in 1891 that was buried in filth and waste. The restoration work was led Ministry of Climate Change. The Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Climate Change, Malik Amin Aslam termed it as promotion of eco-tourism for environmental sustainability.
The tunnel is now hailed as model of eco-tourism in Ayubia National Park. The Khyber- Pakhtunkhwa has now extended the nature pipeline track (4km) by another 10 km.
Moto Tunnel is a 129 years old historical and archaeological tourist attraction in the picturesque and biodiversity rich Ayubia National Park in Abbottabad.
The Special Assistant said: “Unsustainable and exploitative tourism practices in various parts of the country have miserably harmed local fragile ecosystems.”
Malik Amin Aslam said the government is taking measures to kick start sustainable models of eco-tourism in consultation with local partners and communities. He was talking at the inaugural ceremony of the historical tunnel.