Safe selfie awareness drive in Maharashtra

The iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, the capital of India's Maharashtra state
The iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, the capital of India’s Maharashtra state

May 4 (TravelAndy): Stay safe while taking selfies. That’s what the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) is trying to teach people visiting tourist spots in the west Indian state.

The move comes following incidents of people getting injured or even killed while taking selfies.

Some months ago, a teenaged girl was swept away while taking a selfie at Bandra in Mumbai and a man who jumped in to save her drowned as well. Again, a group of youngsters nearly died while taking a selfie on a cliff in the Sahyadris.

“MTDC has requested collectors in the state to shortlist dangerous tourist spots, display warning notices involving risks in clicking selfies and distinguish safe areas from where tourists can get better angles without any risk,” Paraag Jaiin Nainuttia, the managing director of the tourism corporation told The Indian Express.

The MTDC appointed experts will be posted at the shortlisted tourist spots, guiding visitors to take safe selfies. It will encourage tourists to take better angles and frames of the landscape as well.


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