Prime Minister Imran Khan has inaugurated Al-Beruni Radius Tourism Project at Nandana Fort in Jhelum on Sunday.
Built-in the eighth century, Nandana Fort holds historical significance as well. It has been strategically located on a hilltop overlooking the salt range.
It is the place where renowned mathematician Abu Rehanal al Bairuni measured the circumference of the earth.
Al-Beruni had also written a famous book about the region and mentioned Nandana as a great center of learning.
PM @ImranKhanPTI will inaugurate "Heritage Trail" at the historical site of Nandana Fort.— Prime Minister's Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) February 28, 2021
The trail will be a gateway to 7 rich archeological sites of Nandana Fort & Temple, Shiva Temple of Katas Raj, Khewra Salt Mines, Malot Fort & Temples and Takht-e-Babri#AlBeruniRadius pic.twitter.com/etFi9oRUJ6
Today PM @ImranKhanPTI launched the #AlBeruniRadius & conservation of historic Nandana Fort-the place where Earth’s radius was calculated.— Sayed Z Bukhari (@sayedzbukhari) February 28, 2021
This Radius is a goldmine for global tourism-a circuit comprising temples, gurdwaras,mosques & forts preserving centuries worth of history. pic.twitter.com/ACY9nDAXXK
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony Prime Minister Imran Khan said that a nation cannot progress without knowing and analysing its history.
“Our archaeologists did little, in fact, nothing, to preserve our heritage,” the premier said.
“Even Moenjo Dero and Harappa were discovered by foreigners,” he added.
“The entire world initiates excavation projects but there were none initiated on our soil,” the premier said.
PM Imran Khan further maintained that the area will witness an uplift after the inauguration of the projects, he added that a lot of work is to be done in this regard.
“A model village in the area will help tap more opportunities as tourists will visit the area and stay here,” he said.