Islamabad - The buyers of sacrificial animals have resented the absence of any price fixing mechanism of animals in the I-11 market and demanded of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to save the buyers from swindlers.

A survey conducted by APP transpired that despite charging hefty amounts from the traders, no facility has been provided by contractors or Capital Development Authority (CDA) to animal traders.

Traffic police are also failed to regularise traffic in the market. Long queues of vehicles could be seen at the market. No proper parking place has been allocated for the buyers (near I-10 side) of the animal market.

The animal traders were charging the people on their own sweet will. There is no mechanism to check the self-proclaimed prices of the animals in the market and the buyers have no choice but to pay price demanded by the trader.

“It is the occasion of Eid and the price of a heifer or goat differs according to its beauty, weight and demand,” a trader Ali Khan told APP.

The prices of animals have increased from 50 to 70 percent as compared to last year. Vendors blamed the hike in the prices of the sacrificial animals to the rising inflation, high cost of input, transportation charges and the high rents of housing animals in the market as the main reason for high prices.

The price of an average size heifer starts from Rs 75,000, while a medium size goat is available from Rs 23000 to Rs 50,000. The price of a healthy medium sized goat is not less than Rs 35,000.

Meanwhile, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has informed the general public that the weekly Mangal Bazaar at sectors H-9 and I-9 would not be held on October 7, on account of Eid-ul-Azha.

Meanwhile the workers of Sanitation Directorate including cleaners, supervisory staff, contractors and their staff and officers will remain active and participate during the emergency operation, said a CDA press release issued here on Saturday.