PANAJI: The Goa government on Wednesday launched '112' as the new integrated emergency number for police, fire and medical emergencies replacing the traditional dial number '100'.
"In the first phase, the dial '112' service will cover only the police department. Fire and medical services would be brought under the new dial number in the second phase”, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said after the launch.
Pramod Sawant added that the response time of agencies concerned to any emergency will come down drastically, which will effectively bring down the prevalence of crime.
CM Sawant said 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. The number of vehicles would be increased in coming days," he said.
The service has been launched with the help of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
With inputs from PTI
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