NEW DELHI: The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has finally approved the proposal of the Telecom Regulatory of India (TRAI), for a single emergency number through out the country. All the emergency services in India will be linked to the new emergency number. However, the existing emergency numbers will continue for a period of one year, before being replaced with the new emergency number.
“112 will be the new all inclusive emergency number. The service will cater all the emergency helplines in the country including 100,102,108. The existing emergency numbers will be retained for a period of one year and will be replaced with the new emergency number in a phased manner”, the Department of Telecommunications said in a statement.
The TRAI has earlier recommended the DoT to implement a public safety answering point-based integrated emergency communication and response system in the country, that can be assessed through 112.
However, the Department of Telecommunications has rejected the proposal of the TRAI over Global Positioning System (GPS) enabled mobile phones. As per the proposal, the system enables to know the exact location of the call to provide the emergency services, which can be extremely useful in times of danger.
The DoT said that the proposal cannot be accepted as there are a large number of subscribers in India who use a low end phone, which does not provide GPS services, the First Post reported.
The DoT has directed the TRAI to study the impact of enabling all mobile phones with GPS before finalizing its view.