Works on Ghenh bridge repairs to start in early April hinh anh 1Ghenh bridge across Dong Nai River collapsed in a collision on March 20 (Photo: VNA)
HCM City (VNA) – Works on the repair of the Ghenh bridge across the Dong Nai River in the southern province of Dong Nai will begin on April 1 and is expected to be completed on July 15.

The information was revealed at a meeting held by the Ministry of Transportation in Ho Chi Minh City on March 29 to review the tasks relating to the bridge repairs.

According to the representatives from the Vietnam Railways Corporation (VNR), the Prime Minister on March 23 agreed in principle to the allocation of 298.5 billion VND (nearly 13 million USD) for the urgent repair of the Ghenh bridge.

They said the VNR is expected to complete the upgrade of railway infrastructure in the stations of Bien Hoa, Ho Nai, and Trang Bom in Dong Nai province within the next ten days, with the aim to serve the demand of passengers.

Alongside this, the VNR has planned to transfer 50 cargo wagons and 100 passenger wagons which have been stuck in Saigon station to Trang Bom station.

Representatives from the Civil Engineering Construction Corporation 1 (Cienco 1) said that the group has mobilised four barges, two cranes, and 60 staff to implement the task of picking up the bridge beams.

On the occasion, Deputy Minister of Transportation Nguyen Ngoc Dong presented honourable certificates to Huynh Ngoc Hoang, a citizen in Bien Hoa city, and three individuals from the VNR for their contributions to the safety of a train in the Ghenh bridge accident.

The Ghenh bridge, a key bridge on the North-South railway line, collapsed at noon on March 20 after a barge crashed into its pillar, causing many people to fall into the river.

As the bridge is on the North-South railway route, railway services have been interrupted. Trains on the route now have to stop at Bien Hoa Station in Dong Nai province.

It was built more than 100 years ago and is used for both rail and vehicle transportation.-VNA