SELFIE OB­SES­SION SHUTS TRACK­SIDE CAFES

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Trends -

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the kind of shot ev­ery In­sta­gram con­nois­seur yearns for: cen­tury-old rail­way tracks cut­ting through dusty back­streets, flanked by tourists mere inches from the slow-mov­ing trains. The sight has be­come such a draw in the Viet­namese cap­i­tal of Hanoi that author­i­ties have set a week­end dead­line for the re­moval of dozens of cafes that have cropped up, cit­ing safety con­cerns. Built in 1902 un­der French colonial rulers, the rail­way fer­ries pas­sen­gers and cargo both. In re­cent months, tourists have gath­ered along the tracks to snap self­ies with pass­ing trains or lounge at track­side cafes. Last Sun­day, a train had to make an emer­gency stop to avoid hit­ting tourists. Now, the city gov­ern­ing body has or­dered the cafes re­moved to ‘en­sure safety’.

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