MUMBAI: Even as the Union urban development minister, Jaipal Reddy, on Tuesday stressed the importance of the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) for Mumbai, officials in charge of the project say it is still in the planning stage and needs seven to eight months before work on the ground begins.

The government's plan to phase out Blueline buses in the capital is likely to take more time than expected. While its "cluster" scheme, in which private players were to be invited to run buses on particular cluster of routes, seems to have encountered a financial problem, the arrival of the low-floor DTC buses may also take time.

Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain said on Saturday old and junk vehicles plying in the city for more than 20 years would be removed from the roads.

Traffic curbs suggested by the Bombay High Court to reduce congestion in Mumbai has been termed impractical by Maharashtra. On June 10, the court had asked the state to try out a traffic restraint scheme. It entailed private vehicles bearing registration numbers ending in particular digits are kept off the road on certain days of the week.

Traffic curbs suggested by the Bombay High Court to reduce congestion in Mumbai has been termed impractical by Maharashtra. On June 10, the court had asked the state to try out a traffic restraint scheme. It entailed private vehicles bearing registration numbers ending in particular digits are kept off the road on certain days of the week.

Easing traffic the Beijing way impractical for Mumbai says government traffic curbs suggested by the Bombay High Court to reduce congestion in Mumbai has been termed impractical by Maharashtra. On June 10, the court had asked the state to try out a traffic restraint scheme. It entailed private vehicles bearing registration numbers ending in particular digits are kept off the road on certain

The capital has often been riled for not overhauling its rickety, unreliable and, at times, killer public transport (read Bluelines).

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