Saturday, May 7, 2016
India will have ‘112’ single emergency number will be operational from January 1, 2017 according to official sources for all emergency services of police, ambulance and fire.
Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has approved of a single number for various emergency services. The service will be accessible even through those SIMs and landlines whose outgoing call facility has been stopped. According to sources, any person in distress will need to call only 112 that will direct the call to the concerned departments. All the existing emergency numbers will be phased out in within a year depending upon the awareness of the new number. A user will be able to make communication even through SMS and the system will learn about the location of the caller that will be shared with the nearest help centre. He said in-built GPS navigation system would be mandatory for all phones a year later with effect from January 1, 2018.