Road name change

Satish Nakched, Suva | Saturday, June 17, 2017

I visited a voter registration booth to update my voter registration card and a very argumentative and a healthy discussion was generated because the physical information did not match with the information on the card and even though I did not change my place of residence.

The place I live in ever since the development in the 1970s was named as Nasilivata Rd, which is located in Nasinu.

The street sign was erected and this has become common knowledge and such information is on our official records and other relevant documents.

This includes the driving licence, water and the electricity bills and other correspondence address.

Just last year, the street sign was removed and replaced with a new one and the name read Naisilivata St.

Both the words on the new sign are very different from the original one and I believe is a source of confusion.

There is a vast difference between the word street and the road.

The new name on record makes my place of residence a total new place.

The change will affect everyone living on the same place and I am not very sure if there is such a policy or procedures followed if there is an intention to change the street names.

I believe for a person to change the name needs to go through a deed poll process and other legal procedures and I believe this may also apply when changing the name of a street.

I believe the road name change was done without any consultation with the rate payers and the stakeholders.

I believe no study or research was done in favour of the proposed name change neither any collection of the signatures of every property owner, resident and tenant along the street and their opinions on the proposed name change was considered.

I believe there was no public notice in the media about the change.

I invite the Fiji Roads Authority to advise and respond to the methodology that was used that caused a disturbance in the neighbourhood.

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