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Bad Signs, Ill Omens

Officials Removing Large Billboards on Eastern Approach to Bali Airport Threatening Aviation Safety

(1/26/2014) Badung regency officials in Bali are forcibly demolishing three large billboards located near the eastern end of the sole runway at Ngurah Rai International Airport.

The billboards are objects of formal complaints by PT Angkasa Pura I - the managers of the adjacent airport, who claim that because of their location and height, represent a threat to aviation safety. Moreover, after a review by the regency's licensing and permit office it was determined that the three billboards were installed illegally.

Upon confirmation of that the signage was illegal, Badung's regent Anak Agung Gde Agung issued instructions to demolish the offending billboards and, at the same time, to review the legal status of all billboards standing in various areas across the southern regency.

The three billboards to be removed are owned by three advertising companies: Warna Warni, Visual Mandiri and Tri Bakti.

Badung enforcement officers are now summoning all advertising companies installing billboard in Badung regency in order to review and quantify the number and legal standing of such signage.

As reported by NusaBali, Badung enforce officials will turn a selective "blind eye" to the large amount of political banners and billboard cropping up on every road and intersection. Officials say they can only take firm action and remove political signage if authorized to do so by the Elections Commission (KPU).