Lucknow, October 21: The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to upgrade the emergency services number from '100' at present to '112'. The change will come into effect from October 26. The new emergency number will be a one-stop contact number for reaching out to the police, fire department or availing medical services. Delhi Police Launches Single Emergency Helpline Number 112; Watch Video.
The replacement of traditional '100' number with '112' comes days after Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the entire nation should have one emergency number rather than different numbers for differing emergency situation. After Shah's direction on September 20, several state governments, including those in Delhi and Gia have upgraded their emergency contact numbers.
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The Goa government on Wednesday launched '112', with Chief Minister Pramod Sawant claiming that the response time of agencies concerned to any emergency will come down drastically, which will effectively bring down prevalence of crime.
"In the first phase, the dial '112' service will cover only police department. Fire and medical services would be brought under the new dial number in the second phase. The service has been launched with the help of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs," he said.
Sawant added that two centres at Panaji and Margao have been established as a part of the new integrated service. "At present, ten vehicles each in North Goa and South districts are connected to the new platform. Number of vehicles would be increased in coming days," he had said.
(With PTI inputs)