Gadkari plans to introduce legislation to use instrumental sound as a horn

Nashik: Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday said he was planning to enact a law that would allow only the sound of Indian instruments to be used as vehicle horns. Speaking at the inauguration of a highway here, he said he was also studying the sirens used by ambulances and police vehicles and was considering converting them into another melodic tune played on All India Radio. 

Gadkari said he had turned off the red light. Now I want to get rid of these sirens too. Now I am studying ambulances and sirens used by the police. ”An artist composed a tune for Akashwani and it was played early in the morning. I’m thinking of using that tune for an ambulance so people like it. Sirens are used too loudly when ministers are passing by, which causes a lot of trouble. It also has a detrimental effect on the ears.

“We lose 3 per cent of our gross domestic product (GDP) due to accidents,” he said. He said there was a 50 per cent reduction in accidents on the Mumbai-Pune highway. He said the Tamil Nadu government has reduced the number of accidents and deaths by 50 per cent, but not in Maharashtra. The Union Minister said that the death toll due to accidents in Maharashtra was very high. Gadkari also said that he has made six airbags mandatory for vehicles.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Gadkari said the existing four-lane Nashik-Mumbai highway would soon be six-lane at an estimated cost of about Rs 5,000 crore. Gadkari dedicated various national highway projects in Nashik to the nation.

Nashik District Incharge Minister Chhagan Bhujbal had demanded a six-laning of the Mumbai-Nashik highway and a three-tier flyover from Sarada Circle to Nashik Road.