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MMDA reprimands construction firm EEI over lane closure

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THE METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority (MMDA) issued on Tuesday a notice of violation to EEI Corp. for occupying several lanes along the Elliptical Road corner North Avenue in Quezon City without prior notice. EEI is involved in the construction of the Metro Rail Transit 7. “We were surprised about the closure of two lanes without properly informing us of the exact date of the closure. The area became a chokepoint as lanes available for the motorists narrowed,” MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo S. Garcia, Jr. said in a statement. Mr. Garcia, who inspected the site Tuesday, also ordered EEI “to immediately install steel plates on the two affected lanes to make them passable to motorists as soon as possible.” He added that while major infrastructure projects under the administration’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ program are a priority as these are intended to benefit the public in the future, “coordination is important to minimize inconvenience to motorists.” EEI officials could not be immediately reached for comment. — with a report from Vince Angelo C. Ferreras