MENTRI Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir made a surprise visit to check on the progress and condition of two major projects in Ipoh - the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport and Urban Transformation Centre (UTC).
Taking a quick tour around the newly upgraded airport, Dr Zambry inspected facilitites such as the washroom, lobby, departure hall, arrival hall, runway and VIP lounge.
“I am pleased with the work at the airport, which has been completed and has been handed back to the Transport Ministry, although it is still under defect liability with the contractor.
“From my visit, I could see that fine-tuning was needed for certain areas such as the main doors to the VIP lounge.
“The door is a little too common and I have instructed that it be changed,” he said after his visit on Monday.
The RM36mil upgrading project involved extending the runway by 200m from the previous 1,789m to accommodate bigger aircrafts such as the Boeing 737-800 and Airbus A320.
It also has a wider parking apron to accommodate three of such aircrafts at one time.
Previously, the airport could only accommodate the Fokker 50 and Boeing 737 aircrafts.
Later, Dr Zambry made a brief visit to the Perak UTC, his second visit to the 500 sq m facility at the former Super Kinta Shopping Centre site.
The centre is the third after Malacca and Kuala Lumpur, and is the largest in the country.
“I am very happy with the speed of construction as it was completed within seven weeks and I am glad the state government can use the centre as planned.
“UTC is strategically located in the heart of Ipoh city and since it was opened on Jan 2, there has been encouraging response from the public,” he said.
Dr Zambry said a good number of Ipoh folk were seen queing up for services at agencies such as the Ipoh City Council, Road Transport Department and National Registration Department.
“UTC is a new landmark in Ipoh and Perak, where we hope to re-energise the atmosphere in the city centre.
“I therefore urge the public to visit the 57 agencies for their services, available from 8.30am to 10pm except for public holidays,” he said.
It has been reported that the Government plans to set up 10 of such one-stop centres, with various Government and non-governmental agencies, banking and financial institutions under one roof, to assist urban residents throughout the country.