India to get a single emergency number, either 100 or 108
New Delhi-Public comments have been invited on making 100 or 108 as the single number for the entire country for various emergencies like fire or medical or accidents.
At present, there are different numbers for different types of emergencies, like 100 for police and 101 for fire. Different countries around the world has single digit emergency numbers like 911 in USA, 999 in UK and 000 in Australia. Releasing the consultation paper on “Universal Single Number Based Integrated Emergency Communication and Response System (IECRS), Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has sought comments if 100 or 108 should be set as the emergency number.
“In India, number 100 which is reserved for calling Police services is very popular. This makes 100 a suitable candidate for the choice of single number for IECRS,” TRAI said. NDTV