SEREMBAN: Negri Sembilan authorities will start demolishing 394 illegal billboards along the North-South Expressway running through the state if owners fail to submit applications to legalise the structures before the Hari Raya holidays.
The state administration said the owners had failed to legalise these structures despite being told to do so.
State urban well-being, housing and local government and new villages committee chairman Teo Kok Seong said despite the ample notice, owners had ignored the reminders.
"Only 60 billboard owners have told us that they will submit applications to legalise these structures.
"The rest just do not seem to care," he said at his office at Wisma Negri on Monday (May 27).
Teo said although the notice to legalise these structures closed on April 15, state authorities would still accept applications until Hari Raya.
"We will start the demolition work after that. In fact, we have already appointed a contractor to do so," he said.
He said the state authorities have also issued 331 compounds to the owners.
Of these, 326 were under the jurisdiction of the Nilai Municipal Council and five under the Rembau district.
Teo said the state authorities have decided to demolish 75 other billboards located along the expressway as these were unsafe.