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Jakarta Post

Jakarta to remove 60 billboards

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
    Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 19, 2018   /   12:11 pm
Jakarta to remove 60 billboards Workers take apart a billboard that collapsed and blocked Jl. Cemerlang in Jatibening, Bekasi, West Java, after heavy rain hit the area on Feb. 19. ( Adi )

The Jakarta administration is set to remove 60 billboards across the capital that were installed by companies that have yet to renew their permit or pay the relevant taxes.

The operation kicked off on Friday morning when Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan led the removal of a billboard owned by PT Warna Warni Media on Jl. Rasuna Said, Kuningan, South Jakarta, located near the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) office.

The event was also attended by KPK deputy chairman Laode Muhammad Syarif and representatives from the Jakarta Police and Prosecutors Office, among others.

The billboard’s permit had expired and the company has yet to pay the relevant tax for its placement, which was due on Aug. 31.

Anies said the city administration would make sure that all parties complied with prevailing regulations regarding billboard installation.

“The message is that the capital will no longer tolerate any parties who violate regulations on billboards,” Anies said in a press release on Friday.

He added that billboards were an important source of local tax revenue (PAD). In 2017, billboard tax contributed Rp 964 billion (US$ 63.45 million), or 3 percent, to the city’s PAD.

Despite the contribution, Anies said all parties should comply with prevailing regulations.