Hanoi urged to shut down cafe shops along railway tracks hinh anh 1Tourists capture the moving train from coffee shops along both sides of the railway tracks in the Hanoi's Old Quarter. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - The Ministry of Transport (MoT) has asked the Hanoi People’s Committee to close all cafés along the railway line between Dien Bien Phu and Phung Hung streets.

In a letter sent to municipal authorities, the MoT said too many cafés had been opened close to the tracks, posing a high risk of accidents.

Statistics from the Vietnam Railway Authority showed that in September only, 24 accidents occurred on railway lines, an increase of 40 percent compared with the same period last year. Nine people were killed in these accidents.

The ministry said that people liked to sit by the tracks to drink, eat and take photos.

It has instructed Hoan Kiem, Ba Dinh, Dong Da and Hai Ba Trung districts to take measures to manage café shops along the railway tracks./.