THE Kedah Urban Transforma-tion Centre (UTC) in Jalan Kolam Air, Alor Setar, which has just been opened by the Federal Government, is the biggest UTC in the country.
The six-storey centre has 32 Federal and 11 state government agencies under one roof. It also has a futsal court on its roof that can be used by locals, and shops on some of its floors.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who opened the facility recently, said in his speech that the Kedah UTC is the fifth UTC in the country to provide services for the people under one roof.
He added that Kedah UTC was also the first to provide a com-munity service desk whereby the people could apply for activi- ties and programmes to be held in their locality by the agencies at UTC.
Other services provided at the centre include a 1Malaysia Clinic that also provides dental servi- ces.
Mentri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said the building was previously known as the Alor Setar City Council or City Point and had been left vacant since 2009.
He said the building underwent six weeks of renovation at a cost of more than RM50mil, and began operations on July 23.
“By renovating the unused building and bringing in new designs and facade, I hope that it will be a new landmark for the city,” he said during the opening ceremony.
Mukhriz said the centre with disabled-friendly facilities includ- ing lift services and wheelchair ramps would be open from 8.30am to 10pm daily except public holidays.
He also said there was a meeting room on the fifth floor that could hold up to 150 people.
Among the agencies at the centre are the National Registration De- partment, Customs Department, Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia and Mara.
Mukhriz also said that the city council hall located next to the centre had been upgraded and could be used by locals to hold weddings, events or exhibitions.
Alor Setar mayor Datuk Mat Noh Ahmad said Kedah UTC is approximately 77,688sqm in size, and is hoped to become a centre of acti-vity in the city.