Oct 06, 2019 / 04:41

Hanoi asked to close “railway cafes”

The Hanoitimes - The section of the railway built in the French colonial era has become a famous destination for foreign tourists and locals looking for perfect Instagram snapshots.

The Ministry of Transportation has recently requested Hanoi to shut down all coffee shops located along the railway corridors to ensure safety for trains, VnExpress reported. 
 
Foreign visitors "enjoy" the thrilling coffee right on the railway track. Photo: Vietnamnet.
Foreign visitors "enjoy" the thrilling coffee right on the railway track. Photo: Vietnamnet.
Accordingly, Hanoi’s related districts including Hoang Kiem, Ba Dinh, Dong Da, and Hai Ba Trung are asked to enhance communication of railway regulations to the locals. 
The city should consider carefully when authorizing enterprises and people to do business or live by the railway sides. 
The Hanoi government is also asked to work with Vietnam Railways Corporation to close businesses on the sides of the railroad, especially to continue enforcing the ban on taking photographs and selling coffee on the train track.
The section of the railway, which was built in the French colonial era and runs from Dien Bien Phu street to Phung Hung street, has become a famous destination for foreign tourists and locals looking for perfect Instagram snapshots. However, it is still in use daily, which raises concerns about safety.