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RAWALPINDI: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Tuesday inaugurated double-decker bus service hoping to promote tourism in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the bus service, the CM said the bus service would boost tourism. "Punjab government is taking measures to promote tourism in the province," he said adding, the Tourism Department is going to establish a tourism institute in Rawalpindi which would launch training programs for youngsters. The Punjab government would provide more buses if needed, he said.

He announced that children, elderly and special people would get special concession for travelling in bus.

Usman Buzdar further said, "We want to promote tourism across Punjab province and the government will make Bahawalpur to Attock and Kohe Sulaiman to Murree as a tourism hub."

The chief minister announced that double-decker bus service would also be launched in Bahawalpur.

He further announced that new tourist spots would be created around lakes, forts and other places as the province has immense tourism potential which would be promoted. He said the government would explore new tourist destinations in Jhelum and Chakwal.

Kotli Sattian is a very beautiful area which was not explored, CM said adding, Punjab government would launch a project to connect Kotli Sattian with Narr and Murree which would promote tourism in the area and provide people a new tourist destination. Tourism activity would also create new job opportunities in the region, he added.

He said, the Punjab government was giving special attention to Rawalpindi and several projects of the city was being completed on priority, adding, college which was made institution of higher education is now fully functioning university.