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112 as single emergency number in India?

112 as single emergency number in India?

TRAI has proposed today that a single number 112 to be used as an all emergency phone number across the country. This would include the police, fire, and ambulance. This system is similar to the ‘911’ number, an all in one emergency service in the US. The government would integrate emergency numbers such as 100, 101, 102, and 108 into a single proposed ‘112’ helpline number, TRAI stated.

These are the recommendations made by the TRAI regarding the emergency number. Authority recommends that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for India. This new number may be popularised extensively through a public awareness campaign by the Government, TRAI said.

The regulator has suggested that the already existing emergency numbers like 100, 101, 102, and 108 be retained as secondary numbers. TRAI stated that any calls made to these numbers would be directed to the new single emergency number 112.

People will have the option to make calls to 112 from their mobile phone even if their outgoing call facility has been debarred or even if their service is temporarily suspended. There could be an SMS based access to the emergency number where the telecom operators may be asked to provide location information based on the device from which the SMS has been sent.


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