KLANG Public Works Department (JKR) will be removing a billboard next to Bulatan Berkeley in the next few weeks as it was built without the Works Ministry’s approval.
Klang JKR engineer Syaharidanisman Mohd Johanis said the 30.5m unipole structure at the entrance into Taman Berkeley at Persiaran Rajawali was deemed an illegal structure as the company failed to get a permit.
“Our officers issued a 30-day notice to the firm on May 2 to dismantle the structure but until now, the unipole is still standing with an advertisement on its billboard.
“In the interest of safety, Klang JKR will remove the illegal structure using skylifts.
“It is easier to put up a billboard than to take it down.
“If it is located in a high-traffic area, it takes longer to remove it,” said Syaharidanisman.
He said the cost incurred in taking down the structure would be borne by the outdoor advertising agency that built the structure.
Outdoor advertisements, such as billboards and unipoles, are issued licences based on its compliance to several guidelines such as location, type of visual and most importantly, public safety.
“Once we have taken down the billboard and if the same advertising agency applies for a licence, we will review their record before giving approval.
“Such companies must also get public liability insurance to ensure that they are covered in case the structure topples during a storm,” he said.
Syaharidanisman added that Klang JKR had identified similar illegal structures along federal roads and would remove them.