In 1961, the Government of West Pakistan issued a notification to form Rawalpindi and Hazara Hill Tact Improvement Trust. Except initial allocation of some seed money, the Trust was envisaged to be a self-financing organization. The Trust was assigned the responsibilities to reduce tourism pressure from Murree by developing abandoned cantonments of Gora Dhaka, Khanspur, Changlagali and Khairagali.After the dissolution of one unit on March, 23, 1969, the status of NWFP was restored and the Trust was renamed as Hazara Hill Tract Improvement Trust (HHTIT). By the end of 1975 Nathiagali and Dungagali were also included in the territorial jurisdiction of HHTIT.
HHTIT was the first agency in the country to plan a Ski Resort and Chairlift for the promotion of adventure tourism and recreation. The Chairlift project was commissioned in 1967.Under such a development scenario, quite a few years ago, Galliat Development Authority (GDA) was very legitimately conceived by the Govt. of NWFP. On June 8, 1999, GDA took over its new responsibilities form HHTIT with all its assets and liabilities and started regular functioning on the re-laid foundations of the Trust.
The GDA has assigned the following development targets:
Development of Tourism, Land use Zoning, Master planning of Galliat, Development of new resort townships, Education, Health, Water Supply Schemes, Road Communication, Conservation/Development of Forest and Natural Environment
With the establishment of GDA in June 1999, the Govt. of NWFP sanctioned Grant-in-aid amounting to Rs. 100 million with 50 million as endowment fund and Rs. 50 million as seed money for expenditure as well as generation of income activities to be under taken by GDA.