A MINI Urban Transformation Centre (MUTC) will be set up at the Keramat Mall in order to generate more traffic to the mall.
This was announced during Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s visit to the quiet spot over the weekend along with Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib, ministry secretary-general Datuk Adnan Md Ikhsan and Titiwangsa MP Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani.
The first MUTC was a redevelopment of the Bandar Baru Sentul Commercial and Community complex that was launched early last year and brings in governmental agencies such as the National Registration Department and Road Transport Department.
Tengku Adnan said he was upset that the wet market traders from the nearby market still refused to relocate to the mall, complaining that the place was not strategic apart from other problems.
“They have told me that they are doing very well where they are.
“I threw them a challenge. We will issue licences to new traders at the mall. We will do a comparison of which place is better for business and if the mall is better, they will have to relocate,” he said.
He said DBKL had spent a lot of money building the mall and its facilities to provide a comfortable place for the traders as well as customers.
“Though we are focusing on cleanliness as a priority at markets, stalls and restaurants throughout the Federal Territories, we must also ensure at the end of the day whatever we come up with is viable to the traders,” he said.
“Many of the issues raised by the traders, including the name of this place, can be solved. I will discuss the matter with DBKL and Datuk Johari and try to find a solution to the traders’ issues,” he said, adding that the mall was built in order to relocate the wet market traders.
So far, only the dry goods traders and restaurants have moved into the mall located opposite Damai LRT station.
The mall incorporates outdoor and underground parking lots, a popular multipurpose hall, a food court, shops as well as wet and dry market lots.
Tengku Adnan said DBKL had also agreed to give traders two years rent-free.