GAIBANDHA, Oct 13: Water of the Ghagot river here is being polluted alarmingly due to unabated throwing of different wastes posing a serious threat to the public health in Gaibandha municipality area.
According to sources the speedway of the river was diverted through loop cutting in David Companypara area of the town in 2002 resulting 4.0 km river which was flowing through the middle of the town turned into a dead one.
A section of people particularly the inhabitants living on both sides of the river are dumping different garbage, wastes and pesticides into the river knowingly and unknowingly.
Besides, many of them built makeshift katcha latrines on the sides of the river and gave their sewerage connection to the river. As a result the water is being polluted fast creating serious public health hazard in Gaibandha Municipality.
District fisheries officer Rezaul Karim said huge quantity of indigenous fishes could be produced from the dead Ghagot River every year easily if congenial environment was ensured for fishes through freeing its water from toxic element.
The dirty water and water hyacinth have made the river an ideal breeding place for mosquitoes and flies, Mashiar Rahman, a media man of Bridge Road area of the town said.
The river had virtually turned into a small canal for illegal encroachment and constructing different structures by the influential on the bank of the river, he also said.
Waziur Rahman Raphel, convener of Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon, district unit, said the dead Ghagot River could be a good lake if it was cared and protected by all.
As there was no a good recreational site in the town; it could be a good spot where the poura dwellers and their children would pass their leisure time peacefully, he added.
To create awareness among the poura dwellers is very essential to save the river for its existence and the people from health hazard and other pollution, said an official of the public health engineering department.
The inhabitants on both sides of the river should be taught about the harmful effects of throwing garbage, filth, and human waste into the river, he suggested.
However, the conscious men urged the authorities concerned to take initiative to turn the dead Ghagot River into a modern lake so that they along with their kids could pass their leisure times here in joyful mood.