KARACHI: Five cattle markets will be set up this year on Eidul Azha in the city for the sale and purchase of sacrificial animals.
The main market will be established at Super Highway near the Northern Bypass on 600 acres, while the rest will be set up at Mawach Goth, Hub River Road near Hamdard University, Asu Goth, Malir and Cattle Colony, Landhi.
The sale and purchase of sacrificial animals at the main Super Highway Cattle market will begin from September 1. Cantonment Board Malir and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation will manage it.
The civic agencies have prepared plans for making necessary arrangements at the cattle markets. The Cantonment Board Malir presented a comprehensive plan regarding cattle market, and expressed the hope that the people will witness more improved arrangements this year.
A meeting presided over by Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui on Wednesday reviewed arrangements for these cattle markets. Malir Station Commander Brig Talat Mehmood Janjua was also present. The meeting decided that the sale of sacrificial animals at any place other than the five proposed sites will be prohibited. There will be no tax on the sacrificial animals to be brought in the city. It was decided that there will be no parking fee for vehicles at the main cattle market. The Cantonment Board is making scientific parking arrangements. There will be no charges for parking and security facilities however parking tokens will be issued.
The place for the sale of animals will be provided free of cost, while ramps will also be built to prevent any harm to animals in downloading from vehicles. Special arrangements will be made for veterinary doctors and medicines to look after the health of sacrificial animals.
Traffic police and traffic wardens will also be posted at the cattle market to control traffic. Proper cleanliness arrangements will also be made at the markets to prevent any sanitation issues. The commissioner directed all the deputy commissioners to make sure that there is no sale and purchase of sacrificial animals at any places other than the five designated sites in the city. Cantonment Board Malir Executive Officer Muhammad Farooq, Central Deputy Commissioner Dr Saifur Rehman, Additional Commissioners Malir and East and administrators DMCs East and Malir and other relevant officers attended the meeting.
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