Cattle markets spread to roads defying ban

Tapos Kanti Das

Most of the city cattle markets had spread to the streets and even sales were going on at unauthorized places including on roads and footpaths in the capital affecting public mobility.
The sales of sacrificial animals peaked at 23 cattle markets in the Dhaka metropolitan and district areas since Wednesday afternoon while increasing number of buyers poured the cattle markets braving rain and muddy grounds of the markets, the managements of makeshift cattle markets said.
On September 17, Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mia said that actions would be taken if any cattle market was seen on roads in the capital ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.
The makeshift cattle market at Balur Math adjacent to Brothers’ Union at Gopibagh, however, expanded to Gopibagh-Kamalapur road, Sayedabad-Malibagh road at Kamalapur Stadium point and two inner roads from Kamalapur to Matijhil and on the railway trucks.
The market’s toll collector Md Selim said that they had to occupy the roads as their designated area could not accommodate the animals poured the market.
Makeshift cattle market at Sadeque Hossain Khoka Playground occupied a large part of Dholaikhal Road affecting whole traffic management system of Dholaikhal, Narinda, Gendaria and Dayaganj while the toll collectors also blamed space shortage at the playground for it.
Cattle were found selling on roads from Dhanmondi 27 to Dhanmondi 32 and Nurjahan Road and bus stop area at Mohammadpur.
Traders at different cattle markets claimed that they were not getting expected prices for their animals while the buyers said they could be able to buy sacrificial animals in almost the same price that they had to spend in the previous year.
‘I could sell two of my 18 cows at Tk 1.22 lakh till afternoon though I expected at least Tk 1.40 lakh for them. Buyers have been rushing to the markets since afternoon and asking prices,’ trader Zakir Hossain from Mirzapur under Bheramara in Kushtia told New Age at Balur Math cattle market.
Another trader Tachher Malitha from Badumajidin under Alamdanga in Chuadanga blamed rain and mud on the market grounds for barring buyers from coming to the markets causing the ‘price fall’.
‘It is very difficult for us to take care of the cows in rain and mud. We are also suffering from skin diseases at the market,’ he said at Uttar Shahajahanpur cattle market where he brought 15 cows.
‘I could manage to buy a medium size cow at Tk 40,000. I will get around 100 kilograms of beef from it,’ said Abdul Ahad of Mirpur area who bought a cow from Gabtoli cattle market.
He said that the price was almost similar to that of the previous year.
Gabtoli Cattle Market director Rakib Imran said both the traders and the buyers were suffering from the rain and mud but the sales peaked from afternoon.

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