Hotel owners say they charge Tk10-15 per cow
Scores of boarding hotels have been built in Tangail to accommodate cattle. Traders who come to the district from different parts of the country shelter their cattle in these hotels.
Over the years, more than a hundred boarding hotels have been built in and around Tangail’s Bhuapur upazila—centering around Gobindasi market, a local cattle market.
This market, one of the biggest cattle markets in the country, is held twice a week.
These hotels make a huge profit ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, as many traders bring their sacrificial animals to the market for sale.
Traders from other districts are happy to keep their cattle in these hotels.
Hotel owners said they charge Tk10-15 per cow.
“Traders feel safe keeping their cattle here,” hotel owner Abdul Karim Mia said.
Another hotel owner Rozina Begum said: “We are also happy that we can earn money to afford our families’ expenses.”
Traders from other districts said they come to Tangail to sell their cattle to the Gobindasi market.
They said they keep the cows in the hotels when the cattle are not sold in the market.
Gobindasi union parishad Chairman Mostafizur Rahman Talukdar said: “Traders are facing some problems in the cattle market. If the problems are solved, they will be able to conduct business better. The hotel owners will also make more profit.”
Upazila Nirbahi Officer Jhoton Chanda said work is underway to solve the problems traders are facing in the cattle market.
“After the work is finished more traders will come to the market with their cattle—which will benefit the hotel owners of the cattle,” he said.