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ORCHESTRA OR CACOPHONY? DENIZENS DIVIDED ON MUSICAL HORNS

Blaring horns might get replaced by notes of musical instrument­s as per a new proposal

- Anjuri Nayar Singh anjuri.singh@hindustant­imes.com

If the constant honking on Indian roads gives you a headache, this news might be music to your ears! Recently, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari said a new idea is being mulled over, wherein sounds of flute, tabla, violin, and other musical instrument­s would replace the sound of horns in vehicles. And the plan, which aims to slash noise pollution levels, is receiving mixed reactions from citizens.

Some denizens feel that instead of an orchestra, this rule, if made effective, might create a cacophony in the middle of traffic. It can also create confusion as drivers might fail to identify which vehicle is indicating to make way for them. “Horns were actually created for alerting people on a blind turn but we misuse it. The idea might sound all well and exotic now, but eventually it’ll be a headache. It’d be a freak show,” says Vipin Kant, an IT executive from Paschim Vihar.

For some, it’s the pitch of the horn that can make or break this unusual idea. Ashesh Bhatia, an IT profession­al from Kalkaji Extension, says, “This could go either way. Music, if the combinatio­n of instrument­s is correct, can do wonders. But if not, it could get even more irritating.”

And then there are some who have already picked their future horns if the law gets implemente­d. “It’s a very strange idea but agar karna padhe toh I would choose a violin for my car because I love its sound,” says Shubhashis­h Verma, a resident of Greater Kailash 1, who is unable to wrap his head around the proposal and feels it would lead to “gaana kam aur confusion zyada”.

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ILLUSTRATI­ON: SHUTTERSTO­CK PHOTO: RAJ K RAJ/HT

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