Indian government to replace car horns with sound of traditional instruments

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India’s federal transport minister Nitin Gadkari said he would soon introduce a law to replace the sound of vehicle horns with the sound of Indian musical instruments.

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Mr Gadkari on Monday said he is also looking at replacing the siren used by ambulances and police vehicles with a more pleasant tune played on the country’s national broadcaster All India Radio.

“Now I want to put an end to these sirens as well. Now I am studying sirens (used by ambulances and police),” he said at a highway opening ceremony in the western state of Maharashtra.


Mr Gadkari, a legislator from India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said he finds it “disturbing” when ministers travel on the road with sirens at full volume.

“It also damages the ear,” he was quoted by the news agency PTI as saying.

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“An artist composed a tune for All Indian Radio and it was played early in the morning. I am thinking of using that tune for an ambulance so that people feel pleasant. I am studying it and soon there will be one. I am planning to make a law that all vehicles should have horns in Indian musical instruments so that they sound good.”

The minister said that the sounds of flute, tabla, violin, mukh ang and harmonium would be considered among other Indian instruments.

After the announcement, netizens had a field day on social media, sharing their opinion on the possible outcome of the proposed legislation.

A news channel journalist Akshay Dongare shared a video on Twitter that shows several musicians playing off-tune notes on their instruments, hinting at what could be one of the country’s busiest roads. does.

Twitter user Alina shared a video from the movie “Mad Max”, with classical music in the background, to depict potential chaos on the streets in the wake of the proposed law.

Journalist Manu Sebastian shared a picture from a classical music festival, titled “After Traffic Jam”.


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