Indian roads, one of the world's noisiest, might soon become a symphony of Indian musical sounds - if Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, has his way
Indian roads, one of the world's noisiest, might soon become a symphony of Indian musical sounds - if Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, has his way.
"Flute, tabla, violin, mouth organ, harmonium... 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," Gadkari said as he spoke at a highway inauguration in Nashik, western India.
Gadkari said he was planning to bring a law under which only the sound of Indian musical instruments can be used as a horn for vehicles. He said he was also studying the sirens used by ambulances and police vehicles and thinking of replacing them with a more pleasant tune played on All India Radio, according to a report by the PTI news agency.
Gadkari said he put an end to privileged red beacons on vehicles of political and administrative bigwigs. “Now I want to put an end to these sirens as well. Now I am studying the sirens (used by) ambulances and police. An artist composed a tune of Akashvani (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.
"It is so irritating, especially after ministers pass by, the sirens are used at full volume. This also harms the ears,” Gadkari was quoted as saying at the event.
The minister - reputed to be one of the best performers in the seven-year-old Modi cabinet and who has been instrumental in enhancing highway construction across the length and breadth of India - said the new Mumbai-Delhi highway - which will reduce travelling time between the two metros by half - is already under construction.
He said India had one of the highest rate of road accidents, with 500,000 accidents taking place in India every year claiming the lives of 150,000 people annually with lakhs (hundreds of thousands) more injured. We lose 3 per cent of our GDP due to accidents, he added.