The mayors of Dhaka and Chittagong city corporations have urged residents to slaughter their sacrificial animals at designated places and avoid using streets during the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha.
Dhaka South and Dhaka North City Corporations have designated 1,174 spots for slaughtering cattle, an increase of almost 20% on last year.
However, officials conceded that most people did not use them in 2016, with heavy rain turning Dhaka’s streets into “rivers of blood.”
“This year around 475,000 sacrificial animals are estimated to be slaughtered across Dhaka,” DSCC Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon said at a DNCC-DSCC joint press conference yesterday. “(But) nobody will be allowed to slaughter cattle on the streets.
“I urge the city dwellers who will slaughter their cattle inside the boundaries of their houses, to wash out the blood and keep their places clean. I also urge them to be careful so the blood does not flow onto the streets.”
The DSCC mayor said the city corporations will supply bags, bleaching powder and sanitiser at the designated spots, and will collect the waste bags and clean the areas within 24 hours of the slaughtering.
“The city corporations’ cleaning activity is set to begin at 2pm and continue until afternoon the next day. Around 15,000 cleaning staff will be deployed across the city,” Sayeed Khokon said.
He added that DSCC residents could complain about any poor cleaning service through the “Nogor” app or reach him directly through Viber and Whatsapp while the DNCC residents could complain through the helpline ‘09611000999’ during the Eid vacation.
“On the Eid day, there will be an emergency response team,” he added.
The Chittagong City Corporation has fixed 361 spots in 41 wards for slaughtering sacrificial animals during the upcoming festival.
CCC Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin told a press conference that around 4,000 cleaning staff will work from 11am to 6pm on Eid day and on the following day, and that the CCC has opened a control room to coordinate the work.
Slaughtering spots have also been fixed for municipalities across the country, revealed the Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain at an earlier meeting with the city corporations’ mayors.