Dial 112 for any Emergency throughout India from 1 January 2017

May 9, 2016 15:00 IST

112, the single emergency number that will help people to reach immediate services of police, ambulance and fire department will be operational throughout India from 1 January 2017.

Single emergency number 112 of India will be similar to the '911' all-in-one emergency service in the United States.

Highlights of its Usability

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

• A person in distress will need to call only 112, which will direct the call to concerned departments immediately for help.

• All existing emergency numbers will be phased out within a year of rolling out 112, depending upon the awareness about this new facility.

The provision of a single number for various emergency services was approved by Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

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