KUANTAN: Standing in long queues and finding a parking spot will be a thing of the past for people here once the Pahang Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) opens on March 23.
Designed to accommodate 48 federal and state departments, 12 statutory bodies and five financial institutions, Pahang UTC will make it easier for the people to get various services under one roof.
Refurbishment work is almost complete. The complex will be a new landmark here.
It will be opened by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on Saturday.
The Pahang UTC is the fourth such complex in the country. The other UTCs are located in Kuala Lumpur, Malacca and Ipoh. It is equipped with a gymnasium, an aerobic studio, an archery range, a 1Malaysia clinic and a library. Its operating hours are from 8.30am to 10pm.
Strategically located in the heart of town, the centre will have an open parking bay that can accommodate 150 vehicles.
Kuantan Municipal Council (MPK) president Datuk Zulkifli Yaacob said the opening of the UTC would allow the public to kill "two birds with one stone" as they could settle various matters involving both government and private agencies at the same premises.
"Since there is ample parking space, motorists will no longer need to walk a long distance. It will be convenient for the people, especially those who are busy working or travelling during the day."
Zulkifli said MPK planned to build a shopping complex in the area to attract more people to use the facilities at the Pahang UTC.
"The complex will cater to the entire family. Apart from settling their utility bills, they can also apply for passports and MyKad, and check on the status of their for bank loans."