Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has plans to introduce instrumental sounds to ambulances instead of internationally recognised sirens in 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.”

Gadkari was speaking at a highway inauguration ceremony in Nashik and claimed to be studying the sirens used by ambulances and police vehicles to replace them with a more pleasant tune played on the All India Radio. After putting an end to red beacons, he insisted that he thinks it was time to remove those sirens too. 

He said, “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 Akashwani (All India 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.”

“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, tabla, violin, mouth organ, harmonium,” Gadkari added.

During his speech the Union minister announced that the new Mumbai-Delhi highway worth ₹1 lakh crore is already under construction. “I plan to build a bridge in the sea and link it to the Bandra-Worli Sea Link and then it should take 12 hours (to cover the distance between) Nariman Point to Delhi. This will decongest the Western Express Highway,” he said.

5 lakh accidents take place every year in India, he said. “We lose 3% of our GDP due to accidents,” he added.