For India’s loud highways, the minister proposes musical toots

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The Indian transport minister is considering enacting legislation to replace the country’s continuous vehicle horn cacophony with music. Mr Nitin Gadkari told local media on Monday, “I am researching this and shortly intending to establish a rule that all cars’ horns should be in Indian musical instruments so that it is nice to hear” (Oct 4).
He added that the horns might blast flute, tabla, violin, mouth organ, or harmonium sounds.
Mr Gadkari also stated that he wants calming music to replace the “irritating” sirens used by ambulances and police cars. According to the World Health Organization, noise pollution can cause hearing loss, cardiovascular problems, cognitive impairment, stress, and depression.
Some of the world’s noisiest cities are found in India, where rickshaws, buses, taxis, weaving motorbikes, and private automobiles compete for space on congested roadways.
The horn is almost as vital as the gas pedal – and even more significant than wing mirrors – and is used by drivers more to warn other road users of their presence than to scold.
“Horn OK Please” or “Blow Horn” are common inscriptions painted on the backs of India’s colourful trucks intended to overtaking vehicles.

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