RAWALPINDI - In a sheer violation of ban on setting up cattle markets in the city, scores of traders have established sale points in every nook and corner of the Potohar and Rawal Town Municipal Administration limits and selling goats, sheep, calf and cows to the buyers.
This daring violation on the part of sellers of sacrificial animals not only posing the threat of outbreak of Congo virus among the residential areas but also causing traffic jams and cleanliness problems.
Moreover, the traders can also be seen in the streets and on the roads carrying herds of sacrificial animals including cow, sheep and goats to attract the customers.
The citizens appealed Commissioner Rawalpindi Division and Chief Minister (CM) Punjab Mian Shehbaz Sharif to take notice the carelessness of RTMA and Potohar Town administration officials who have closed their eyes towards the alarming situation.
The City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) has banned setting up makeshift pens inside the city and has allocated many points outside the city in the limits of Potohar Town and RTMA for the sale of sacrificial animals.
These sale points included Morgah, Chaklala Scheme III, KRL Road, Gulzar-e-Quaid, Bostan Khan Road, Rawat, Chakri Road including one largest cattle market on Girja Road by Cannt Cantonment Board. But the defiant sellers and traders have been selling sacrificial animal at Mubarak Lane, Dhamial, Bakra Mandi Chowk, Dheri Hassanabad, Lalazar, Tulsa, Dhoke Jumma, Banni Market, Bagh Sardaran, Asghar Mall Scheme, Sadiqabad, Shakrial, Commercial Market, Misrial Road, Chakra, several areas of Raja Bazaar, it is learnt during a survey conducted by The Nation on Thursday.
A large number of citizens, interviewed by The Nation, also expressed their resentments over the setting up of these makeshift pens in residential areas and said that it might be caused spread of Congo virus among the citizens. Some others voiced a traffic jam on the roads because of mess of the sacrificial animals.
Aamir Ghanni, a resident at Dhamial, said that the traders has set up a sale point near his house because of which his family was in trouble as all the time a huge number of buyers remained gathered there. "I have three small children who use to go outside for play. Now I lock them in house as some animal can harm them" he said adding that my family could also affect with Congo virus.
The chances of spread of Congo virus were unfortunately high at Adyala Road due to the continued open sale of sheep in packed areas, said Naheed Khan, a veterinary doctor at Adyala Road. He said that the government should impose ban on the sale of sacrificial animals in the residential areas.
District Coordination Officer (DCO) Sajid Zafar and officials of RTMA and Potohar Town were not available for their comments.