Traditionally India has had a different phone number for each emergency service, police (100), fire brigade (101), ambulance (102) and emergency disaster management (108), now a single emergency number 112 will be operational throughout India from 1 January 2017 to help people immediately reach the services of police, ambulance and fire department.
The service will also be accessible for people in trouble, even though 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.
However, the old numbers will not be cut off immediately and should be available for at least a year. A public education program will be started in the lead up to the new number coming in on the 1st January 2017.
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