Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at working session with leaders of Transport Ministry, VNR and Dong Nai province (Source: VNA)
Dong Nai (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged the Transport Ministry, the Vietnam Railways Corporation (VNR) and Dong Nai authorities to hasten the construction of the new Ghenh bridge in the southern province’s Bien Hoa city to restore the North- South railway line.

The old Ghenh bridge collapsed at noon on March 20 after a badge crashed into its pillar, causing interruption for railway services on the North- South railway line. It was built more than 100 years ago and is used for both rail and vehicle transportation.

Visiting the construction site on April 3, Phuc asked for close coordination and constant supervision to ensure safety and avoid labour incidents.

Emphasising the importance of ensuring railway and waterway transport safety, the Deputy PM requested the Transport Ministry and localities to immediately check weak bridges across the nation to promptly take essential repairs.

According to the VNR, the corporation is striving to complete the upgrade of Ho Nai and Trang Bom stations before April 12 and Bien Hoa station before April 22 to minimise negative impacts on the traffic of passengers and cargos.

Construction work on the new Ghenh bridge across the Dong Nai River began on April 1 and is expected to be completed on July 15.

The Prime Minister has agreed in principle to the allocation of nearly 300 billion VND (13 million USD) for the urgent construction work of the bridge.-VNA