DERA GHAZI KHAN -The district administration has failed to eliminate illegal cattle markets in different parts of city, complained the local residents.

Earlier, Dera Ghazi Khan DCO Nadeemur Rehman had made a tall claim with harsh words in a meeting that sacrificial animals would be allowed to be sold only at five points namely cattle market near Daewoo Bus Terminal DG Khan, Kot chutta, Pull Qamber, Jat Wala and Quetta road in district. The district government will provide basic facilities like vehicles parking, security, cold water, and livestock department will make arrangements for prevention of Congo Virus, he had further said. However, the district administration did not implement the order. The temporary sale points along the roadsides and in populated areas of the city are not only adding to the traffic problems but also causing public nuisance because of dung stink. The animal traders, belonging to different areas of the district including tribal area have set up these illegal sale points in violation of laws under the nose of town administrations particularly in front of TMA Office.

These traders have set up sale points illegally on both the sides of Quaid-i-Azam Road, Pakistani chowk, Ghanta Ghar, Chowk Churatta, Pull Dat, Gaddai and Jampur road. An animal vendor from Jampur, Ghulam Rasool told The Nation that the TMA officials were being paid for this illegal sale spot near TMA Office in city. At cattle market near Daewoo Bus Terminal, buyers complained the market lacked proper sanitation, toilets and drinkable water as the local administration was least bother to provide the facilities.

An official of district administration claimed the purchase and sale of sacrificial animals was exempted from taxes so that a maximum number of animal traders could be attracted to the approved sale points.