Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng has approved a proposal from the Ministry of Transport and Việt Nam Railway to spend VNĐ298.5 billion (US$13.5 million) to restore Ghềnh Railway Bridge on Đồng Nai River. — VNA/VNS Photo Mạnh Linh
HCM CITY — Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng has approved a proposal from the Ministry of Transport and Việt Nam Railway to spend VNĐ298.5 billion (US$13.5 million) to restore Ghềnh Railway Bridge, which collapsed on Sunday after being hit by a barge carrying 800 tonnes of sand on Đồng Nai River.
In a dispatch sent to the ministry and the company, the prime minister agreed to invest in the project urgently.
The government assigned the Ministry of Transport to help the company with investment and be responsible for managing the project.
The approved budget for the bridge restoration will be allocated from the central government budget for 2016.
The Ministry of Transport and VNR were asked to be responsible for information and statistics reported in the document submitted to the government.
Previously, VNR suggested building a new bridge with three spans of 75 -75 - 75 m, with navigation height of seven metres, three metres higher than the old bridge.
The project will also include an upgrade of a road at the two ends of the bridge, as well as an information system, signal system, electricity and water pipe system. The packages needs a total of VNĐ153.7 billion.
VNR has suggested expanding the railway station and installing more tracks at Biên Hòa, Hố Nai, and Trảng Bom Stations. This would be a total investment of VNĐ75 billion for the packages. — VNS