“Single emergency number ‘112’ will be operational from January 1,” a senior government official told Press Trust of India. At present, India has different emergency numbers – police (100), fire brigade (101), ambulance (102) and Emergency Disaster Management (108).
People can also make communication even through SMS. The service will also be accessible even through those SIMs and landlines whose outgoing call facility has been stopped or temporarily suspended.
An in-built GPS navigation system would be also mandatory.
“At present, there are call centers which handle emergency number calls. They will be asked to handle calls on 112 as well. Besides, requirement of additional capacity is being worked out which will be in place by January 1,” the official said.