India’s Street Symphonies

The Indian government has a plan to convert road rage into beautiful symphonies. 

Nitin Gadkari, India’s federal transport minister announced earlier this month that he plans to introduce a law to replace the sound of car horns for the ones of Indian musical instruments. He is also considering replacing the sound of sirens used by police vehicles and ambulances with a more pleasant tune played on All India Radio, the country’s national broadcaster.

“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. Flute, table, violin, mouth organ, harmonium,” Gadkari said, according to a report by The Hindu.

The lawmaker from India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party said he finds it “irritating” when ministers travel through the loud honking traffic and blazing sirens.

This wouldn’t be Gadkari’s first time enacting change on India’s roads. He successfully banned the use of red beacon lights that were commonly used by so-called “VIP” cars in 2017.

While trying to solve India’s noise pollution problems on the road, the minister also wants Tesla to open a factory in his home country. Earlier this year he said that the Indian government is willing to guarantee that production costs would be lower than in China. 

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