'Victoria' era comes to an end in Mumbai

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Mumbai's ornate 'Victoria' - horse-drawn carriages are nearing the end of the road after the Bombay high court gave the BMC a year to completely ban all horse-drawn carriages observing that they were illegal.

Mumbai's ornate 'Victoria' - horse-drawn carriages are nearing the end of the road after the Bombay high court gave the BMC a year to completely ban all horse-drawn carriages observing that they were illegal.

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A groom tends to a pony used to pull 'Victorias' carriages inside a warehouse/stable in Mumbai. The silver-coloured carriages have been plying Mumbai's streets since British colonial times, and for years have been a tourist attraction. (AFP photo)

A groom tends to a pony used to pull 'Victorias' carriages inside a warehouse/stable in Mumbai. The silver-coloured carriages have been plying Mumbai's streets since British colonial times, and for years have been a tourist attraction. (AFP photo)

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A man sleeps in a 'Victoria' carriages inside a warehouse/stable in Mumbai. These silver-coloured horse-drawn carriages are nearing the end of the road after the Bombay high court ruled them illegal, saying owners must wind up operations within a year. (AFP photo)

A man sleeps in a 'Victoria' carriages inside a warehouse/stable in Mumbai. These silver-coloured horse-drawn carriages are nearing the end of the road after the Bombay high court ruled them illegal, saying owners must wind up operations within a year. (AFP photo)

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A coachman guides a 'Victoria' carriage with passengers as it travels along a road in Mumbai. The silver-coloured Victorias -- styled on open carriages used during Queen Victoria's reign -- have been plying Mumbai's streets since British colonial times, and for years have been a tourist attraction. (AFP photo)

A coachman guides a 'Victoria' carriage with passengers as it travels along a road in Mumbai. The silver-coloured Victorias -- styled on open carriages used during Queen Victoria's reign -- have been plying Mumbai's streets since British colonial times, and for years have been a tourist attraction. (AFP photo)

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A man scrubs a pony beside 'Victorias' carriages inside a warehouse/stable in Mumbai. The HC agreed with animal welfare groups, who had petitioned for a ban citing poor treatment of the horses, that the practice was cruel. (AFP photo)

A man scrubs a pony beside 'Victorias' carriages inside a warehouse/stable in Mumbai. The HC agreed with animal welfare groups, who had petitioned for a ban citing poor treatment of the horses, that the practice was cruel. (AFP photo)

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The silver-coloured Victorias -- styled on open carriages used during Queen Victoria's reign -- have been plying Mumbai's streets since British colonial times, and for years have been a tourist attraction. (AFP photo)

The silver-coloured Victorias -- styled on open carriages used during Queen Victoria's reign -- have been plying Mumbai's streets since British colonial times, and for years have been a tourist attraction. (AFP photo)

UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2015 11:31 PM IST
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A coachman sits in a 'Victoria' - horse-drawn carriage as he waits for passengers on a road in Mumbai. Mumbai's ornate horse-drawn carriages are nearing the end of the road after the Bombay high court ruled them illegal, saying owners must wind up operations within a year. (AFP photo)

A coachman sits in a 'Victoria' - horse-drawn carriage as he waits for passengers on a road in Mumbai. Mumbai's ornate horse-drawn carriages are nearing the end of the road after the Bombay high court ruled them illegal, saying owners must wind up operations within a year. (AFP photo)

UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2015 11:31 PM IST
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