India has its own version of 911! Citizens can now dial ‘112’ in case of an emergency. It will be active as a national emergency number. This number can be used for Police, Fire Services and Ambulance.
Earlier, these services had different numbers. 100 (for police), 101 (fire services), 102 (ambulance) and 108 (disaster management). These numbers will still be active for a period of one year.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that ‘112’ would be a common number for all emergency services. The call centres will be set up in Pune and Nagpur
“Depending on the kind of emergency, people have to dial different numbers. It would be more convenient to the common man if these services were available on one, single number. Location of the person should be traced once someone calls”, said Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.