Letters, 9th March, 2019

Richard Naidu Godfrey Tavo, Suva I read the article titled: ‘Calling Out The Hypocrisy’ and was surprised at Richard Naidu. He seemed to attack the Online Safety Com- mission for
09 Mar 2019 11:27
Letters, 9th March, 2019

Richard Naidu
Godfrey Tavo, Suva

I read the article titled: ‘Calling Out The Hypocrisy’ and was surprised at Richard Naidu. He seemed to attack the Online Safety Com- mission for no logical reason, but for the sake of attacking it.

I guess that’s the danger when you’re no longer a neutral commentator and have political biases.

I was however impressed with the Fiji Sun for their use of QR codes which not only was a great bit of innovation by your newspaper but also caught Richard Naidu’s lies out leaving him with nowhere to run.


Fiji Times’ fake news
Peni Naoma, Savusavu

The Fiji Times front page article “Boy Tells of Kidnap Bid” is a perfect example of irresponsible journalism.
The story had so many holes in it, yet the Fiji Times ran it simply because it was sensational and would increase their sales.

Now the boy has confessed that he had lied about the abduction.

The Fiji Times has failed to do proper and simple research, and published fake news. Please stop sensationalising news and be a bit responsible, you owe your readers that much.


Clean backyard
Abhai Chand, Lautoka

I just saw the article on Lautoka City and their upcoming clean-up campaign next month. Great job administrator.
I also saw the picture of the council chambers. Please advise the city administrator to also focus on cleaning the chambers.
It looks so old and disgusting.
I think the building seriously requires painting.
It seems like the last time it was painted, was some 20 years ago.
It’s long overdue now Mr Administrator. My message to you is start cleaning your back yard first before cleaning the backyards of others.


Reversible traffic lanes
Satish Nakched, Suva

There have been recent talks about traffic
congestion in the capital city and there was a suggestion to use ferries to transport vehicles in order to reduce the number of cars on the roads.

Some time back a team from India were here to do a feasibility study of introducing the railway system.
Both the ideas cannot happen overnight and will require finance to make it a reality and probably so light years away.

However, a more realistic idea is to reengineer the assets we have and maximise the us- age of such resources by creating a reversible lane on the road and probably conduct a pilot project in the Nausori and Suva corridor.
The concept is to increase a lane during the peak hours in the direction of the city in the morning and only have a single coming out of the city and vice versa.
The outcome of a reversible lane is an improvement in directional flow volume. On a reversible lane, traffic can move in either direction, depending on time of day.

Reversible lanes take advantage of under-utilised lanes by reorienting the direction of traffic flow at certain times of day.
Reversible lanes add additional capacity to the peak flow lanes, which helps to ease congestion and optimise vehicle mobility.

On the contrary there are factors that needs consideration as all the drivers will not be very adverse with the system and may end up driving in the wrong lane that may result in accidents.
The enforcement agencies will need to be more visible on the roads during the peak period to ensure safety of all.

Some teething problems will surface and place all on a very steep learning curve. However, I believe that it is worth a try to bring in some urgent comfort to all commuters.

We request the Fiji Roads Authority to engage a specialist and involve all other stakeholders in the discussion phase with the view to rearrange the current resources and eliminating the non-value adding processes.

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