Thiruvananthapuram: India’s single emergency number 112 will be functional in the state within four months, DGP Loknath Behera said. Kerala will be the first state in the country to activate the facility.

All the existing emergency numbers like 100 (police), 101 (Fire and Rescue) and 102 (ambulance) will be merged to the National Emergency Response System (NERS) with the single emergency number 112.   

An individual can dial 112 at any time and seek help. The NERS project was started following the ‘Nirbhaya’ incident in New Delhi.

The ‘112’ facility will make assistance available to the people in distress within the least possible time. As many as 36 call centres will be set up for the purpose. The call centre executives will track down the emergency call location using geographic information system (GIS). The information will be passed on to the authorities concerned which will send assistance to the spot in no time.

New surveillance cameras will be set up at key location which will be connected to the emergency response system. These cameras will have the capacity to operate in any weather conditions and will record clear and distinct videos of the locations.

The officials who will be heading the project will be selected from respective states. Also, the states will have to provide the space for establishing call centres.