Chattogram City Corporation authorities have removed 15,000 pieces of unsold rawhide of sacrificial animals from streets, said councillor Shoibal Das Sumon, president of Waste Management Committee of CCC.
Shoibal Das said, ‘We have dumped over 15,000 rawhides of sacrificial animals into garbage depot till Sunday night.’
The seasonal traders collected rawhides from different parts of the districts and took them to the Port City but they failed to sell them for lack of demand and left those on roads. In many places, the seasonal traders have disposed the unsold rawhides under the ground.
Sources said the seasonal traders who had bought rawhide at Tk 200 to 300 failed to sell those even at Tk 50 at Aturar depot. So, they dumped those on the road.
Getting bad odour, the city corporation authorities have thrown away the rawhide of sacrificial animals..
Moslem Uddin, president of Greater Chattogram Rawhide Wholesale Association, said, ‘Some 5 to 5.5 lakhs of rawhide brought into the city every year and this year 4 lakh rawhides were brought , though some skins of sacrificial animals from upazilas have been damaged which is less than that of the previous year.’
There were 22 tanneries in the port city but now the number of tanneries is only one in the city as the Department of Environment has forced the other tanneries to close down for not complying with the rules of DoE.
Moshedul Alam, deputy chief cleaning officer of CCC, blamed the negligence of the wholesale trader behind the damage of rawhide.
Besides, 5,000 rawhides were found rotten on the Sunnia Ahmmadia Madrasa ground in the city.
This year, the government fixed the price of raw cowhide ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha at Tk 35 to 40 per square foot in the capital and Tk 28 to 32 outside Dhaka.
Meanwhile, the prices of goatskins were fixed at Tk 13 to 15 per square foot across the country while that of she-goat at Tk 10 to 12, said commerce minister Tipu Munshi at an online briefing, held on July 26.
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