112, an emergency number for India

National Emergency Number!

India has decided to adopt `112′ as the national emergency number, similar to `911′ in the US and `999′ in the UK, with the inter-ministerial telecom commission giving a go-ahead to the move.

Emergency Number

The roll-out of `112′ may see a gradual phase-out of existing emergency numbers like 100 (for police), 101 (fire), 102 (ambulance) and 108 (disaster management), though they will continue to be in operation for at least a year.

This idea of having a single number for all kind of emergency is really successful in various countries.

“Telecom Commission has accepted Trai’s recommendation on single emergency number 112. It will now be drafted by the Department of Telecom and will require Telecom Minister’s (Ravi Shankar Prasad) approval. It will be rolled out within months rather than a year,” an official source told PTI.

To make the service successful and highly efficient, calls to the emergency number will be prioritised in mobile networks while SMS-based access will also be permitted.

The service will also be accessible even through those SIMs and landlines whose outgoing call facility has been stopped or temporarily suspended.

The service will be operated by a call centre like facility, which will have representatives speaking in Hindi, English and the local language.

Source: TOI, Newsworldindia