The canal that was made to divert the flow of the Ghagot River has made it almost dead. In addition, the disposal of wastage made its waters polluted and caused severe health issues in town.
According to locals, a canal loop was cut in 2002, causing 4km of the river flowing through the middle of town to almost dry up.
People who live on the riverbanks accustomed to disposing of all their garbage in the river. They have connected their household sewerage lines to the river, making the water further polluted.
District fisheries officer SM Rashedul Haque said the fish have been contaminated with toxic materials and most of them are dying due to the polluted water.
SM Halim Uddin, executive engineer of the Department of Public Health said it is essential to create awareness among locals to save the river's existence for the sake of their own health.
Gaibandha Municipality Mayor M Shamsul Alam said he has taken an initiative to turn the dead Ghagot River into a modern lake, for the welfare of the town's citizens.