September 07, 2014 – BR Report –
Sacrificial animals coming to the Karachi cattle market (Maweshi Mandi) are exempted from tax till Eid ul Azha and no tax on entry of these animals to Karachi through the National Highway and the Super Highway is being charged, said Commissioner of Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui while inaugurating Asia’s biggest cattle market on the Super Highway near Sohrab Goth here on Saturday.
The Commissioner of Karachi said the city administration was taking all possible measures to facilitate the Karachiites in purchase of sacrificial animals. He praised the KMC and the Malir Cantonment Board for providing excellent arrangements at the Cattle Market to facilitate merchants, customers and visitors and vowed to extend his support to them for smooth running of the Cattle Market.
“We have made arrangements for lifting of litter and animal waste from the Cattle Market while the KMC has been instructed to deploy machineries and tractors with staff to ensure measures taken for sanitation and cleanliness. We have also provided other facilities, including ambulance services and fire services. Moreover, imposition of Section 144 will strengthen peace in the area and people with peace of mind will visit the Cattle Market. In addition to this, a team of veterinary doctors and paramedical staff will look after health issues of sacrificial animals,” the Commissioner of Karachi said.
He said measures for security and safety of citizens of Karachi coming to the Cattle Market on the Super Highway, near Sohrab Goth, were being ensured and “we have requested the Sindh Police and Rangers to make special arrangements for patrolling in nearby areas of the Cattle Market”.
Speaking on the occasion, Malir Cantonment Board Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Muhammad Farooque said the Sohrab Goth Cattle Market has been set up on 650 acres of land with total 21 blocks in it while foolproof arrangements have been made to ensure animals undergo medical procedures like vaccination etc before entering the market to wipe out slightest chance of disease.
“Block one, two, three and six are VIP blocks in the Cattle Market. Two separate blocks for goats and camels have also been set up near the Cattle Market. Except for the VIP blocks and a few roadside plots, no additional fee is being charged for space provided to cattle sellers. The cattle merchants will be given space as per the availability on first come first served basis,” added Farooque.
Only charges cattle merchants have to pay are: Rs 1,000 for cow/camel and Rs 600 for goat in addition to entry fees for vehicles carrying animals which are Rs 2,000/- for 22 wheelers and Rs 1,000/- for 10-12 wheelers. “Against this nominal fee they are being provided with a lot of facilities, including free space with security arrangements, drinking water for cattle, free medical check-up and medicines for animals, lighting, etc,” he added.
To facilitate the people, the CEO added, Habib Metro and Tameer Bank will have their branches at the Cattle Market while a number of banks will provide their ATM services. “A complaint center to instantly resolve issues will be there to help people,” he added. Administrator Rana Imran also spoke on the occasion.