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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