Cattle market leaseholders have already completed their preparations to receive the rush of traders and buyers this Eid-ul-Azha.
Although the authorities concerned of both Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) had asked the leaseholders not to open the market to traders before the official opening, the leaseholders have already let traders conduct business for about a week now.
Visiting the city's cattle market yesterday, the Dhaka Tribune found that a large number of herdsmen with their animals such as native and Indian cows, buffalo, goats mostly from the western districts of the country.
The market mainly had makeshift bamboo huts for unloading animals, camps and booths for law enforcement agencies, veterinarians and others.
Boshir Uddin, a cattle trader from Natore said: “I hope that the customers will be start to come from tomorrow (Friday).”
However, the prices are anticipated to be higher than the last year, as traders say they had to buy local cattle for a higher price this year because of the unavailability of Indian cows.
Visiting several cattle markets this correspondent found that traders are asking for an average of Tk50,000-60,000 for 100 kilograms of meat which was Tk40,000-50,000 last year.
Apart from the permanent cattle market in Gabtoli, Dhaka south has 13 temporary ones while Dhaka north has 8.
The locations of the DSCC temporary markets are going to be Jigatala-Hajaribagh, Dhupkhola, Rahmantganj playground, Meradia Bazar Khilgaon, Sadek Hossain Khoka playground, Shahjahanpur Moitri Shangha ground, Brothers Union Balurmath, Postogola-Shashanghat, Kamrangirchar cattle market, Jatrabari kitchen market, free space adjoining Kamlapur Rail Station, Shyampur and Donia.
The locations of the DNCC temporary markets are open space near the bridge between Uttara sectors 15 and 16, the open space near Khilkhet-Banorupa Residential Project, open space of Mirpur Eastern Housing at ward no 6, Mirpur section 6, open space adjoining Bhasantek Benarosi Palli ground, Badda (Indulia, Daudkandi, Baghapur), free space between Ashian City Housing and Bhatara (Sayeednagar) cattle market.
DSCC Chief Estate Officer Khalid Ahmed yesterday told the Dhaka Tribune that the city corporation has set 5% toll on the total cost of a cattle. The market leaseholders will not collect more money ignoring the city corporation's designated rate.
“The city corporation’s mobile court will visit all the cattle market to monitor the matter,” he added.