India’s transport minister Nitin Gadkari told that he is mulling a law that would seek to replace the country’s constant car-horn cacophony with the sound of music. “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,” he told on Monday.
The horns could blast sounds made by the flute, tabla, violin, mouth organ or harmonium, he added. Gadkari also said he wanted to replace the “irritating” sirens used by ambulances and police vehicles with soothing tunes.
India is home to some of the noisiest cities in the world, as rickshaws, buses, taxis, weaving motorbikes and private cars fight for space on the traffic-clogged roads.
It is commonly seen that India’s vehicles like truck and buses often have messages painted on their backs aimed at overtaking drivers such as “Horn OK Please” or “Blow Horn”.
The World Health Organization says noise pollution can cause hearing loss, cardiovascular problems, cognitive impairment, stress and depression.