Earlier, the city corporation's officials in last year promised that, makeshift cattle markets will not be allowed inside and around free spots from this year in areas with educational institutions and hospitals.
Due to repeated media reports over public hassles in the last few years, the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has already shifted the location of five markets to the remote parts of the city corporation area from rush areas and grounds of hospitals, schools among others. But, the DSCC has yet to change any of its market locations, rather the DSCC had increased the number for recommendations of a few influential persons of the ruling party. Besides, more unauthorised makeshift cattle markets likely to be formed by local leaders of different areas of the city, sources said.
The DSCC arranged 14 cattle market for Eid-ul-Azha this year – in 2015 there were 10, while the Kamrangirchar cattle market has been opened last year. Apart from the permanent Gabtoli cattle market, there are eight temporary cattle markets set up in the Dhaka north.
Jigatala-Hazaribagh cattle market at Sher-e-Bangla road in Hazaribagh, a controversial cattle market, leased by the DSCC, has become a nuisance along with toxic smells come from tannery industries for hundreds of students, teachers, officials and staffs of the Institute of Leather Engineering and Technology under the University of Dhaka, traders, local people and others.
The makeshift cattle market for the Eid-ul-Azha, which is set up on roads and grounds every year by the Dhaka south city authority centring the leather technology college, has a serious disturbance to the people everyone.
During a visit, the Dhaka Tribune yesterday found that the cattle market organisers and traders have occupied roads surroundings the leather technology college at Hazaribagh. The livestock traders and farmers have unloaded their cattle in the busy roads.
Even they have also build makeshift structures for their accommodation all over the area, reasoning the local people have hot moved easily in the roads, and local businesses are also facing trouble.
For the weekend yesterday, the Institute of Leather Engineering and Technology was closed. However, A security person of the institute has been present here, he said: “The college has been closed for the Eid vacation from today [yesterday].”
He said the traders have reached the area with their cattle three to four days ago that ruined the atmosphere, reasoning the students and teacher of the college have faced trouble for the cattle market.
“After end of Eid the authorities concerned of the marker have not properly clean the area. So students, teachers among others also faced hazards for bad smells come from stool's, urine's and the cattle’s and dumping wastes,” he added.
However, DSCC Chief Estate Officer Khalid Ahmed said they have increased the number of the cattle market for public needs.
“The number of the cattle market increased as two Unions have been newly added with the city corporations,” he added.
Centring the rampant cattle market in 2015, Health Minister Mohammad Nasim remarked that the city administrators made a criminal offence by approving a cattle market randomly. He also urged the LGRD Ministry to take action against the DSCC administrator.