Dear Editor – Honiara city is crowded with so many vehicles now. Nearly every week, vehicles do arrive by boats from overseas. You see them being displayed for sale at the Lawson Tama car park.
Some of them have the signs ‘For Sale’ sign at their back while running around.
Vehicle is now every where and is affordable now.
The problem this had cause is long queues on our roads if your heading in to the main central business district (CBD).
From Kukum into Point Cruz in the east and from the Ministry of Finance into Point Cruz from the west of the city, the problem is just the same every where.
There needs to be some form of control now.
One of the solutions now is to have traffic lights in certain parts of the road so that there should be some form of control in the traffic flow.
In some cities although they have many vehicles, they can still flow, because of the traffic lights and they have to travel at certain speed.
Its time responsible authorities take time to look at setting up traffic lights on our roads.
In the past there have been one traffic light but thats some twent years ago.
In Honiara, we cannot build more roads because of the landscape the city have.
But another option is to build subways, which will be very costly. But this would be an investment that will help in the future.
Another option I see is that, to build a road along the coast, by the sea from the Bahai area all the way to the Point Cruz area passing the hospital and Lord Howe settlement, market and stopped infront of the Hyundai Mall.
This is to allow some of the traffic to flow that way.
Another very important option is to set up some shopping areas at the outskirts of the city like at Ranadi or Townground.
So that some of the services that are being offered in the main part of the town are also offered at the two ends of the city.
I note that some of the residential areas in the Rove and Tandai area can be removed to make way for shopping malls and other important services like banks and medical centres.
Its time that more drastic planning be done to cater for the increasing population of human beings and vehicles in this city.
In the meantime lets wait for the Kukum highway project to kick off next year so that some of our problems with road and vehicles can be resolved.
Happy celebration this weekend and lets see what happens to this city when it comes to our road issues next year.
Dzake Arta Jnr