Bangladesh Railway will operate special trains for carrying sacrificial animals ahead of Eid-ul-Azha amid a worsening coronavirus situation in the country.
Eid-ul-Azha is expected to be celebrated in around a fortnight's time in Bangladesh, depending on the sighting of the moon. Due to restrictions and corona pandemic, farmers are worried over smooth shifting of their cattle to Dhaka and other big cities.Shoriful Alam, senior information officer of the Railway Ministry, on Tuesday said Bangladesh Railway will operate the trains from July 17 to 19.
“The railway will charge Tk 500 for each cow and Tk 300 for each goat. A train will carry around 400 cattle,” he said. “The numbers of trains will vary each day, depending on the demand of the traders,” he said, adding that initially the trains will run at 3:00 pm from Dewan Bazar of Jamalpur and reach Kamalapur railway station in Dhaka at 6:00 pm.
Besides, the ministry has also made necessary arrangements to transport animals from Khulna and Chapainawabganj.
“If cattle traders are interested, special trains will be run on these routes too,” he added.
The country is currently in the middle of a strict lockdown due to Covid-19. But many frontier districts have been in lockdown since the last week of May, when corona cases started shooting up after the Delta variant of the virus, then known as the Indian variant, was detected in many patients.
In this situation, cattle farmers may face some extra bottlenecks in transporting the animals to different parts of the country.