Music, whistles, or spanner bangs, gas distribution to get an app

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AMMAN — Jordanians welcomed a decision by the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Saleh Al-Kharabsheh, for introducing an application for shops distributing gas cylinders for cooking and heating.اضافة اعلان

The minister said the decision would eliminate the use of music through loudspeakers to alert customers that a truck laden with gas cylinders is in the vicinity.

The short piano melody “Für Elise” by famed German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven echoed through the seven hills that make up the Jordanian capital Amman since the late 1980s. It replaced an old alert method whereby gas distributing trucks honked their horns, whistled, or banged on the cylinders with a spanner.

But the new and old ways drew controversy among Jordanians, many of whom said the noise created by the trucks was unnecessary since people who needed gas cylinders could call gas offices, known as agencies, scattered across the capital and other Jordanian cities.

In April 2021, the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC) posted a public questionnaire on its website, asking Jordanians for their opinion on the sound of gas cylinder trucks. EMRC concluded that people were divided over the use of music for that purpose.

Amman housewife Umm Khalid said that she preferred to buy gas through the application because it “facilitates access to any designated location without causing any disturbance or noise.”

“This shall be useful, especially since everyone has a smart phone and can use it to call for a gas cylinder,” she told Jordan News.

She said the sound of the melody played by the trucks did not bother her, as much as the noise coming from people calling on the trucks to stop.

Ahmed Al-Saeed said that he has a health problem, which makes him unable to withstand noise, and loud voices in the street.

“The music used by the gas cylinder vehicles, despite being nice, is annoying to me because the driver stops the vehicle and leaves the music playing loudly as he delivers gas cylinders to several houses in the neighborhood.” he said in an interview.

Musician Moayyad Tahtamoni told Jordan News that “using Beethoven’s music reduces the artistic value of the work.”

“I find myself dissatisfied with the selection of a piece of music by a global artist for such a purpose,” he said. He suggested that “special music be made and used for this purpose.”

Umm Mohammed, who lives on the outskirts of Amman, recalled the situation in the 1990s, when “sellers on trucks carrying gas cylinders used whistling and banging on the cylinders to alert people they were in the neighborhood.”

She reminisced over the difference between the 1990s and nowadays, saying “in 2009, when a miniature electronic version of Beethoven was adopted, trucks operated them and roamed the streets.”

“This music is comfortable to hear and harmless, and also helps buyers secure a gas cylinder. Once heard from afar, we stand in the window to wait for the car to pass in front of our house and ask for a cylinder,” she added.

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