Wedding pavilions under the elevated tracks of HCMC Metro Line 1 on October 8, 2023, in a photo provided by a local resident.
A woman from Thu Duc City was fined for occupying the space under the elevated tracks of HCMC Metro Line No. 1 to hold a wedding party.
The woman, 46, was fined VND2.5 million ($102.45) for road use violations, authorities in Linh Trung district announced on Monday.
The fine was imposed after videos and photos of the wedding party were circulated on social media, showing wedding pavilions set up along a section of more than ten meters under the elevated tracks of the metro line .
The tracks run parallel to the highway from Hanoi to Thu Duc.
Tables and chairs to serve guests were placed directly in the street and the party lasted from Sunday morning until the afternoon.
Many people think the fine is too low and is only imposed after the party is over, which they consider lax.
According to the current rules, people can occupy part of the sidewalk and roadside to organize weddings and funerals for 48 hours or 72 hours in several special cases when local authorities allow it.
Metro Line No. 1, Ho Chi Minh City’s first, is expected to be completed early next year and put into commercial service in July 2024. It stretches 19.7 km between District 1 and Thu Duc town with three underground stations and 11 elevated stations.