ISLAMABAD, Oct 26: The city managers on Wednesday auctioned the I-11 sector cattle market for Rs6.5 million against Rs3.5 million they sold out last year, increasing the price by almost 100 per cent this year.
It is feared that auctioning of the land for the market on such a high price will further increase the rate of sacrificial animals in the federal capital and a large number of people will not be able to fulfill religious ritual (sacrificing of animal) on the occasion of Eidul Azha falling on November 7 or 8.“Some 20 interested parties took part in the auction and the market went to the highest bidder offering Rs6.5 million,” an official of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) told Dawn.
In this auction the CDA has fetched almost 100 per cent more money as compared to 2010 in which the same area allocated for animal market was sold for 13 days (from the sighting of Zilhaj moon to the third day of Eid) for Rs3.5 million.
The biggest sacrificial animal market of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad is set up every year in an open area in I-11where around 100,000 sacrificial animals (ox, camels, goats and sheep) are brought from various parts of the country for Eidul Azha.
“The CDA should set up animal market without charging money from animal sellers because auctioning of the market will further raise the price of sacrificial animals,” said a local Hussain Ali.
He said the price of sacrificial animals was already quite high this year and the fee to be charged from animal dealers would further increase their prices.
Following setting up of designated area (most likely on Thursday), vendors would not be allowed to sell sacrificial animals in places other than the I-11 market. Anyone found selling animals elsewhere would be fined and their animals could also be seized.
An official of the CDA said a special team comprising staff of enforcement and environment directorates had been formed to enforce ban on the sacrificial animals` sale in the city`s residential areas.
The prices of sacrificial animals are likely to be at their peak in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad this year.
High transportation charges, increased cost of animal food, labour charges and export of mutton and beef are stated to be the main cause of high prices of sacrificial animals this year.
An office-bearer of Jamiatul Quresh Meat Welfare Association, Islamabad told Dawn that over 50 per cent of animals in the country were being exported to the Middle East resulting increase in the prices of sacrificial animals.
An animal seller Shafique Ahmed said he had been paying Rs100 each to five laborers who took care of his animals. He also pays Rs200 to Rs300 for each goat and sheep herd to CDA contractor to take them into the animal market.
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