A few years after we achieved our independence there has been a spate of re-naming roads using names of famous and infamous individuals. I wonder if residents living along Nawala Road, Nawala — have noticed that this stretch of road has been re-named — Ananda Tissa de Alwis Mawatha. I guess not.
Well, the purpose of giving a name to a street and a house number is I believe for the following purposes.
1) To help you to find your way back home.
2) So that you can instruct your friends etc. to locate your home when you wish them to visit you.
3) To enable mail to be delivered to your home.
4) The local authority to locate and enforce rates and taxes on your home.
Ad hoc changing of street names causes confusion and unnecessary expense to businesses etc. who have to re-print their letterheads and change their nameboards. It would be advisable to appoint a Road Naming Authority and place it under the RDA / Local Authority. No re-naming should be allowed under any circumstances.
If the idea is to honour anybody, you can always erect a plaque or memorial along the road or area that that particular individual resided in. Each local authority should elect a committee of say five eminent rate payers who will decide and recommend new names as proposed by residents residing along the newly established road. If this is not done soon, it will, in a few years lead to confusion most confounded. I hope more knowledgeable and concerned citizens will voice their opinions before it is too late.
As a matter of interest Cape Canaveral in Florida was re-named Cape Kennedy to honour President Kennedy who sponsored the landing of a man on the moon. After a period of 10 years they reverted back to the old name Canaveral.
A Concerned Citizen