City to have 22 Eid cattle markets

Dhaka,  Thu,  21 September 2017
Published : 13 Jul 2017, 22:22:47

City to have 22 Eid cattle markets

FE Report

The two city corporations of Dhaka have floated tenders for 22 makeshift cattle markets to be set up in the capital city ahead of Eid-ul-Azha to be celebrated in the first week of September.

As many as 13 cattle markets will be set up in the areas under the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) while the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) will have nine markets. The tenders were invited this month.

Three new cattle markets are going to be introduced this year-two under DNCC and the other under DSCC. The number of cattle markets was 19 last year, officials said.

More than 10 million head of cattle are sacrificed in the country during the Eid-ul-Azha festival, 40 per cent of which are sold in the capital, according to the state-run Department of Livestock Services (DLS).

Mr. Aminul Islam, the chief estate officer of DNCC, said the city corporation has so far floated tenders for nine temporary markets, including two new ones at Basila in Mohammadpur and in DOHS area.

The seven other selected sites for markers are Mirpur Eastern Housing area, Sonargaon Janapath Road at Uttara, Banarupa Housing area, Bhashantek, 300-Foot Road, Agargaon-Taltola and the open space at Banani.

However, the permanent cattle market at Gabtoli is also under the management of DNCC, which was leased out at the beginning of the Bangla calendar year (April).

The DNCC fetched Tk 13 million by leasing it out this year.

Last year, the DNCC earned nearly Tk 20 million from the makeshift cattle markets and the figure might be much higher this year, DNCC officials said.

Meanwhile, the DSCC is arranging 13 cattle markets, including a new one in Beribadh area.

Other markets will be set up in Haji Delowar Hossain Maath (playground), Sadek Hossain Khoka Maath at Dholaikhal, Hajaribagh-Jhigatola, East-End Club at Dhupkhola , Maitrisangha Maath at Uttar Shajahanpur, Khilgaon Meradia Maath, Gopibagh Balu Maath, Postagola crematorium area, Islam Chairman Bari area at Kamrangirchar, Jatarbari, the open space near Kamalapur Railway Station.

Contacted, DSCC Chief Estate Officer Mohammed Kamrul Islam Chowdury told the FE that the city corporations have sought logistics supports from the law-enforcement agencies to check illegal markets in the city corporation areas.

He also said steps will be taken to ensure that the cattle markets do not disrupt traffic movement during the journey of Eid holidaymakers.
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