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‘Accident helpline must be accessible by cellphones’

The city traffic police have asked the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) to make its accident helpline number accessible directly from mobile phones. HT reports.

india Updated: May 30, 2011 01:24 IST
HT Correspondent

The city traffic police have asked the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) to make its accident helpline number accessible directly from mobile phones.

Presently, mobile users have to prefix the local area code before dialling the number 1073. But, many commuters who are not aware of this fact find themselves helpless in case of emergency.

“A number of accident victims died due to not getting help on time. The toll-free number can be a life saviour in case of any emergency,” a traffic police official said.

“But in the absence of this people are forced to take help from other commuters to carry accident victims to hospitals. Such incidents can be controlled if the helpline will work properly. We can send the ambulance and PCR van to the victim as soon as possible,” the official said.

The police have also written a letter to the assistance inspector general of police, Traffic and Highway, Karnal to do the needful for the functioning of the toll-free number.