One of the beautiful and fascinating tourist spots of Pakistan, Malam Jabba Ski Resort has closed its operations after the Peshawar High Court (PHC) banned it from collecting entry fees.
The Malam Jabba Ski Resort has halted activities like chairlift and zipline as the management in its statement said that “it is no longer possible to run the resort profitably”.
According to reports, the management priced tourists Rs300 for entry to the resort.
“The amount earned from all the activities and entry is used to maintain the resort and pay salaries of 500 employees,” they said.
“The resort management has given a lot to the locals, and provided employment opportunities.”
Previously on March 16, the advocates in Swat had filed a petition in the PHC Mingora Bench against the “excessive” charges by the management.
Earlier, a tourist had claimed, “The fee was not just for the resort but for the hills nearby. These public spaces could only be accessed via the resort.”
However, the court had issued a notice on April 1 and directed the Samson Group of Companies from getting fees till April 21.
The verdict issued by Justice Ishtiaq Ibrahim and Justice Waqar Ahmad said, “The Charbagh TMO could not explain under what authority of law, a private entity has been collecting the impugned tax/charges from the general public by installing a barrier on a public road.”