Indian minister considers law to replace horns with instrumental music

Indian commuters take a busy road in Mumbai. Photo: AFP

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Indian commuters take a busy road in Mumbai. Photo: AFP

India’s Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari plans to make instrumental sounds mandatory for ambulances across the country instead of howling sirens.

Gadkari also said he plans to pass a law whereby only the sounds of Indian musical instruments can be used as horns for vehicles, our correspondent in New Delhi reports.

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Speaking at a reception to inaugurate a highway in Nashik in his home state of Maharashtra a few days ago, Gadkari said: “An artist has composed an Akashwani (All Indian Radio) melody and it is played early the morning. I am thinking of using this melody for ambulances so that people feel good. It’s so irritating, especially after ministers have passed, sirens are used at full volume. It also hurts the ears, ”he added.

Sounds of flute, tabla, violin, mouth organ, harmonium, etc. could be used as a horn, Gadkari said.

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