Sales of sacrificial animals began in the city's makeshift cattle markets on Sunday ahead of the holy Eid-ul-Adha, to be celebrated across the country on June 29.
"Formal trading of sacrificial animals began in the city's makeshift cattle markets from Sunday. It will continue till Eid-day on June 29," officials of both Dhaka south and north city corporations told BSS.
Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Public Relations officer Mokbul Hossain said this year a total of 10 cattle markets have been set up in the DNCC area while the lease holders of the makeshift markets were asked to run the markets following the city corporation guidelines to ensure smooth trading of animals, reports BSS.
Besides, 10 more cattle markets have been set up in the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) area this year, said DSCC Public Relations Officer Md Abu Naser.
He said sufficient security measures, including setting up CCTV cameras, installing ATM booths and deploying law enforcement agency members have been taken to ensure the safety of buyers and sellers of the sacrificial animals in the cattle markets.
Both the DNCC and DSCC officials said that the authorities of the city corporations did not designate any spot for slaughtering sacrificial animals this year rather they are encouraging the city dwellers to slaughter their animals in specific spots and manage the wastages properly.
"The DSCC has not been arranging slaughtering spots for the last two-three years as people do not want to come to the designated spots. But the city corporation is repeatedly urging the city dwellers to slaughter their sacrificial animals on specific spots so that the wastage can be managed easily," said Abu Naser.
DNCC official Mokbul also said they did not arrange slaughtering spots for in the last one or two years but the DNCC authorities are encouraging the residents of the city to slaughter their animals following the government guidelines and manage wastages appropriately.
According to the city corporations, the makeshift cattle market places are: open ground nearby Leather Technology Institute, open place at Postagola, open space at Khilgaon-Meradia Bazar, open place at Dania College at Jatrabari, open space at Dholaikhal truck terminal, open place at Rahmatganj club at Lalbagh, open space at Amulia Model town, North Shahjahanpur area, open space near Little Friends club, open place near Kamalapur Biswa Road area, open place at Badda Eastern Housing area, Open space near Kawla Shialdanga, open place at Sector-17, Uttara, Bhatara Saidnagar cattle market, open space at Rajdhani Housing and Basila Garden City, Gabtoli, Mirpur, open place near Eastern Housing at Mirpur section-6, open space near Kanchkura Beparypara Rahman Nagar Residential area, open ground of Dhaka Poly Technical Institute and open place of Jamalpur Properties at Khilkhet.