Employees of Bangladesh Railway living in the colony organized the event, according to a press release
Residents of Dhaka's Shahjahanpur Railway Colony, one of the 45 areas categorized as “red zones” of the Covid-19 outbreak in Dhaka, have urged the city corporation not to allow any temporary cattle market in the area ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.
They made the demand before the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) mayor while honding a human chain program on Kamalapur Railway Station premises on Thursday morning.
Employees of Bangladesh Railway living in the colony organized the event, according to a press release.
From 2010 onwards, a temporary cattle market is set up every year on the Moitri Shangha field of the residential area before Eid-ul-Azha.
“Shahjahanpur area has been declared red zone by Directorate General of Health Services [DGHS]. And overcrowding [in the cattle market] would spread the infection further during this pandemic,” the press release said.
“The market stretches up to every building of the colony having 1,892 flats. Besides, bamboo fence are set up haphazardly,” it reads.
Added to this, the high volume speakers create noise pollution. Furthermore, solid waste, straws and other waste mixing into water also may worsen the mosquito problem in the area.
“There is no way to come out our homes when the market stretches up to the steps of the buildings,” said Asiqur Rahman Shakil, one of the residents of the colony.
“The authority doesn’t even clean the waste left by the cattle market even after Eid-Ul-Azha. The waste rots for days in the colony, causing foul smell, mud and flies, spoiling our Eid vacations.”
“How logical is it to set up cattle market in the residential area?” he questioned.
He also said that the residents of the colony themselves clean most of the wastes, while city corporation does the rest.