Nitin Gadkari, a lawmaker from India’s ruling party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and India’s federal transport minister, said he would soon introduce a law to replace the sound of vehicle horns with the sound of Indian musical instruments.
Mr Gadkari on Monday added that he is also considering replacing the sirens used by ambulances, ministers, and police vehicles with a more pleasant tune like flute, tabla, violin, mouth organ and harmonium or tune played on the country’s national broadcaster All India Radio.
He said he finds it “irritating” when ministers travel on the road blazing sirens on full volume. “This also harms the ear, now I want to put an end to these sirens as well”.
At a highway inauguration ceremony in the western state of Maharashtra, he added that:
“An artist composed a tune of All Indian Radio, and it was played early in the morning. I am thinking of using that tune for ambulances so that people feel pleasant. I am studying this and soon planning to make a law that the horns of all vehicles should be in Indian musical instruments so that it is pleasant to hear,”
Following the announcement, netizens flooded social media to share their opinions and possible chaos on roads in the wake of the proposed law.