With regard to tourism, it has been the bad luck of the people living here, no provincial or federal govt has taken interest to make this industry viable. The infrastructure of roads is deplorable and hence making it difficult for tourists to reach the scenic Swat valley.
When we looked at areas in Swat that is Lower Dir, Upper Dir, Shangla, Buner and other places they were depicting a sorry picture as floods took away everything.
Analysts believe that Malakand Division has suffered the most and its tourism industry is virtually bankrupted.
Government failed to help the province in the crisis caused by torrential rains and unprecedented floods.
Seeing the destruction in Swat’s Kalam and Madyan and parts of Malakand division, one can say that the recent rains and floods caused more devastation in these areas compared to other districts of the province adding that from Chakdarra to Kalam all the bridges on river Swat had been washed away while from Fatehpur onward to Kalam there was no sign of the road.
The devastating flood and rains had pushed back the province by 50 years due to damage to roads infrastructure, canal network, electricity system and water supply schemes.
Second thing is the wave of militancy which keeps striking back. It is interesting that whenever the tourist season begins the wave of militancy rears its ugly head especially in Dir, and Swat. While as soon as the season is over the militant activities die down. The interference by militants and the religious circles are the main hurdle in tourism industry here.
Forests are also an important source of income for the people here, but due to negligence of the government and liaison between smugglers and the administration billions of rupees of forests are being destroyed. If foreign investors are brought in to look after the forests than this area would be made into a true heaven.
It is the need of the hour for the government to spend money to improve the facilities for lodging, education and health. Hotels should be constructed and a complete ban on deforestation should be implemented if we want to revive the tourism industry and lure the foreigners to our very own Switzerland.