Telecom Regular Authority of India (TRAI) has proposed the implementation of a single number '112' for all the emergency phone calls across the country. It includes Police, ambulance and fire much like America's all emergency number - 911.
Similar to the '911' all-in-one emergency service in the US, government can integrate all existing emergency numbers such as 100, 101, 102 and 108 into the proposed '112' helpline number, TRAI said in its recommendations on emergency numbers.
"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 suggested existing emergency numbers such as 100, 101, 102 and 108 can be retained as secondary numbers.
If any call is made to these numbers, the call would be directed to the new single emergency number 112, TRAI said.
People will be able to make calls on 112 from their mobile or landline phones even if their outgoing call facility has been debarred or the service is temporarily suspended.
An SMS-based access to the new emergency number, in which telecom operators may be asked to provide location information of the device from where SMS has been sent, can also be provided, the regulator said.
TRAI also recommended setting up of Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) to handle people's distress calls.
Under the new system, the regulator has asked government to set up Response Management System under PSAP which will coordinate for the dispatch of emergency service.
The PSAP is suggested to have various systems, including a facility to automatically direct incoming calls to a free call taker and location tracking system having an interface to plot incoming location information on a map showing all nearby landmarks and resources and display on a monitor.
Responding resources like PCR vans, Fire engines and Ambulances should be fitted with GPS to transmit location information to PSAP, it said.