by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
The authorities in the bifurcated Dhaka city have decided to operate 18 makeshift cattle markets ahead of the Muslims’Eid-al-Adha festival to facilitate trade of sacrificial animal from Saturday.
The lease holders have started building infrastructures in those designated markets after the decision was finalized by the two city corporations- Dhaka South and Dhaka North.
Ten of the cattle markets will be in the Dhaka South City Corporation while the rest will be operated in the Dhaka North City Corporation areas.
The markets will only be opened for five days due to the novel coronavirus pandemic that left more than 16,000 people killed since its outbreak in March last year.
State run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency reported that the Ministries of Fisheries and Livestock urged all concerned to conduct trading of the animals through online platform to avoid crowds in the physical market.
The city officials also emphasize the online sale.
Md Atiqul Islam, the mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation, told the agency that the lease holders have been instructed to operate the markets following the health rules.
A committee will monitor the markets, he said adding counselors and veterinary officers were included in the committee, he said.
The lease holders will supply health protective materials including hand sanitizers and arrange thermometer for measuring temperature.
The markets will have separate gates for entry and exit, elderly and ailing people and children will not be allowed in the markets.
The makeshift cattle markets in the DSCC are: the open space adjacent to the Institute of Leather Technology ground in Hazaribagh, open space surrounding the Postagola crematorium, open space surrounding the Meradia Bazar, the open space adjacent to Dholaikhal Truck Terminal, open space of Blocks- E, F, G and H and section 1 and 2 of Aftabnagar (Easter Housing), open space behind DSCC Market at Golapbagh, open spaces around the Maitri Sangha Club at North Shahjahanpur Khilgaon Railgate Bazar area, open space surrounding the Donia College, open space surrounding the Dhupkhola East and Club and open space surrounding the Rahmatganj Club in Lalbagh area.
The eight markets in the DNCC area are: the open space of Badda Eastern Housing (Aftabnagar) Block-E of Section-3, open spaces adjacent to Kawla Shial Danga, open space of ward no 6 Mirpur’s section-6, open spaces of Uttarkhan Mainartek Shaheed Nagar Housing (residential) Project, open spaces from Brindaban to BGMEA building in Uttara 7 no sector, Bhatara (Saidnagar) temporary cattle market, open spaces of Rajdhani Housing, Swapnadhara Housing and Basila Garden City adjacent to Basila 40-feet road in Mohammadpur and open spaces of Salam Steel Limited and Jamuna Housing Company and privately owned land adjacent to the north side of 300-feet road under the DNCC ward no 43 .