Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy on Thursday flagged off a new fleet of 150 ambulances of the Emergency Management Research Institute (EMRI) in Hyderabad.
With the induction of the new fleet, EMRI now operates as many as 800 ambulances in the state, the organisation's CEO Venkat Changavalli told reporters.
EMRI caters to a population of 37 crore and is also involved in research and related activities, Changavalli said.
The institute currently runs its popular '108´ emergency ambulance service in 12 states.
Replying to a query, he said the EMRI's popular '108´ service is bigger than the '911´ emergency response system in the United States in terms of its reach and size of functioning.
The institute, a brainchild of Satyam Computer founder B Ramalinga Raju, has a fleet of about 1,600 ambulances and attends to about 10,000 emergency calls on an average every day in the country.
While state governments bear 95 per cent of the operational costs, the remaining five per cent is borne by EMRI.
Finance Minister K Rosaiah, Health and Family Welfare Minister S Chandrasekhar and several officials attended the programme at the Chief Minister's Camp Office.