Road signs be­tray poor man­age­ment

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COM­MENT - THE NAME SIGNS ON A ROAD were

re­moved on Thurs­day four years af­ter a 27-year-old grad­u­ate of China Cen­tral Acad­emy of Fine Arts found the road had no name signs and put up ones bear­ing his name. Thep­a­per.cn com­mented on Fri­day:

The “mis­named” road did not come to light un­til re­cently when the 27-year-old col­lege grad­u­ate pre­sented it as his grad­u­a­tion pro­ject. The real irony is that over the past four years res­i­dents in the neigh­bor­hood and even nav­i­ga­tion and lo­ca­tion-based ser­vices such as Baidu Maps, even the lamp­post man­agers, called the road af­ter the name of the stu­dent.

Un­sur­pris­ingly the stu­dent will be held ac­count­able for his “mis­chief ”, be­cause it takes the au­tho­riza­tion of rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to name a road and the sup­pos­edly un­named road ac­tu­ally has a name. One of the neigh­bor­hood com­mit­tee staff said it is reg­is­tered as Baizi­wan South No 1 Road, but road signs bear­ing this name had never been put up.

Calls for the road to be re­named as the stu­dent had named it are not in line with road nam­ing reg­u­la­tions,

hence they will not be en­dorsed. But the big ques­tion is why the city man­agers failed to no­tice the road had no signs be­fore and even af­ter the stu­dent put his name­plates up.

Not only have lo­cal res­i­dents got used to call­ing the road by the stu­dent’s name, but dig­i­tal maps also la­beled it as such, even the lamp­posts on the road were reg­is­tered un­der that name. Poor man­age­ment is cer­tainly to blame for this. That is sound ev­i­dence of the ne­ces­sity of nam­ing city roads in an ac­cu­rate and timely man­ner.

Peo­ple need proper road names and signs, which is why some nav­i­ga­tion and lo­ca­tion ser­vice providers used the name on the stu­dent’s road signs not long af­ter he put them up. Lo­cal gov­ern­ments should en­sure the name signs for roads are in place.

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