A story in the national dailies on July 10 said that the forestry department has finished putting together a plan to reopen the landmark Monroe hiking trail in Mansehra. The goal is to boost ecotourism in the area.
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The British government built the 64-kilometre-long Monroe hiking trail, but it was no longer used after 1947. But people still use the path to get to Kaghan and Siran Valleys. Mohammad Asim, who lives in the Siran valley, said that locals and people from the surrounding areas use the trail to walk, ride ponies, or ride horses during the summer.
Mudassir Hasan, the Siran Valley Divisional Forest Officer, is in charge of the Monroe trail project. He went on to say that the Environmental Tourism Initiative is being used to fix up the trail. He said that the forestry department had set up a tent village in the Siran Valley, which is on the way from Kund Medan village to the Kaghan Valley. It was said that the tent villages could be rented by the people in the area. So, this plan will both encourage tourism and give people jobs.
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