"You are aware of 'Laxmi darshan' that goes on in RTOs. I have decided to 'close the shop' of RTOs," Nitin Gadkari said, after releasing a book of speeches in the legislature by BJP MLC and Mumbai party president Ashish Shelar, in suburban Bandra.

"In cities with population above 10 lakh, closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras at traffic signals will film offenders and they will be issued notices in 24 hours. We won't need traffic police then," the minister said.

"I feel even BRICS Bank headquarters should be in Mumbai," he said emphasising the importance of Mumbai as India's commercial capital.

Lauding Shelar for his ‘to-the-point’ speeches in the Maharashtra legislature, Gadkari said 95 percent people never speak to the point in the Lok Sabha.

Gadkari also emphasised on hybrid vehicles to curb pollution.

"We will give priority to hybrid buses and cars. I have asked Hindujas to launch an electric bus in India. We could make seaports, water ports and small jetties around Mumbai as well as start small seaplane services to nearby places," he said.

He said for the last 15 years, there has been mere discussion about water transport in Mumbai, but nothing concrete had ever materialised.

"Actor Suniel Shetty had met me to discuss a water transport-related project. I am ready to accompany state leaders to meet the Prime Minister to seek Rs 15,000 crore for the Mumbai transport infrastructure project," he said.

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