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UTC ONE-STOP CENTRE: Former premises of Super Kinta Departmental Store to be given new lease of life
IPOH: PLANS to set up the country's third Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) at the former premises of Super Kinta Departmental Store here is being discussed between the Ipoh City Council and the state government.
Mayor Datuk Roshidi Hashim said he would be meeting state secretary Datuk Abdul Puhat Mat Nayan, as well as respresentatives from the state Economic Planning Unit, to finalise the plan next Friday.
"If all goes well, construction to transform the Ipoh Central Market building, which was formerly tenanted by Super Kinta, will begin in September," he said after visiting a Hari Raya pasar tani here yesterday.
Also present was Perak Federal Agriculture Marketing Authority (Fama) director Basri Jasmo.
Roshidi said the UTC would be fully operational six weeks after work on it had started.
Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah had earlier announced the Federal Government's plan to set up 10 UTCs in cities and state capitals throughout the country.
These one-stop centres will house government agencies, non-governmental organisations, banks and financial institutions, centres for education, safety and security services, welfare aid and entrepreneurship consultancy, and also provide business space and health and medical facilities.
The first UTC was set up in Malacca last month and work to convert a building for the second UTC in Pudu Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, is in progress.