FMDA notified as Koh-e-Suleman Development Authority.


MULTAN -- The Punjab government has notified Fort Monroe Development Authority (FMDA) as Koh-e-Suleman Development Authority (KeSDA), expanding the Authority's domain beyond just Fort Monroe to develop mountainous areas with major focus on tourism promotion.

The notification followed a legislation introducing an amendment to the FMDA Act 2016 modifying it as The Fort Monroe Development Authority (Amendment) Act 2019.

Last year in May, the Punjab cabinet had accorded approval to changing the name of Fort Monroe Development Authority as Koh-e-Suleman Devlopment Authority. Now it has been notified after the legislation.

The development brought more mountainous areas of Suleman Mountain Range from Baarthi in Taunsa Sharif, district DG Khan, to Rojhan in district Rajanpur.

It is exactly the Suleman Mountain Range area in DG Khan, Punjab, says Deputy Director Engineering KeSDA Raja Mannan while talking to reporter on Thursday.

Fort Monroe is the only hill station in south Punjab, located 85 kilometres away from DG Khan city. It is 6,470 feet above the sea level, just behind Murree that is located at an average altitude of 7517.1 feet. Fort Monroe is dubbed as the Murree of poor people of south Punjab.

It is not as wealthier in botanical treasures and upgraded infrastructure facilities as Murree but its bald rocky mountains with scant greenery, cold weather with occasional winter snowfall and availability of facilities like hospital, school, rest houses of different departments, a TDCP resort, parks, two...

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