Three years on, work on model cattle market project yet to begin

SIALKOT – Despite the lapse of three years, the project to establish eight model cattle markets in the Gujranwala division could not be executed mainly due to paucity of funds with the divisional administration.

Though the project was envisaged, the Punjab government failed to allocate even a single penny for the project despite passage of three years of the project announcement.

On July 1st, 2014, the Punjab government had announced a project pertaining to the establishment of eight model cattle markets in Gujranwala Division’s all the six Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad and Gujranwala districts, by abolishing the old contract system of these cattle markets. The provincial government had also formed a Board of Governors, registering the cattle market, besides, establishing two active committees for looking after the affairs as well.

According to the senior officials concerned, no boundary wall, no shades, no water supply, no sewerage, no light, no hotel, no canteen, no toilets and security and any other related facility could be provided to any of the above-mentioned model cattle markets despite the passage of three. Local traders of the cattle have expressed grave concern over the critical situation.

 They urged Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Gujranwala Division Commissioner Capt (r) Muhammad Asif to ensure early establishment of the model cattle markets to facilitate people of the division.


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