108 Emergency Response Service, It started in Bhopal on 16th July 2009 with an agreement between GVK EMRI and the Government of Madhya Pradesh with 102 ambulances in the city.
It started with a vision of Respond to 30 million emergencies and save 1 million lives annually and Deliver services at global standards through Leadership, Innovation, Technology, Research and Training.
It is an Emergency Response Service for medical, police and fire emergencies, That is available for 24X7 with Toll Free number accessible from landline or mobile.
The GVK EMRI (Emergency Management and Research Institute) is one of the most important social initiatives of GVK. It is a non-profit organization based on Public Private Partnership model. It attends to every emergency situation in the country; be it a medical crisis, a law and order situation or a fire disaster. It provides services at par with global standards and follows modern principles of management and leadership to serve the nation.
The service is available in various states of India like Andhra Pradesh ,Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Assam, Meghalaya, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh and 2 Union Territories Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu
108 Emergency Response Services has also signed MOU with over 6800 hospitals which provide initial stabilization free of cost for the first 24 hours.
It’s an emergency service so it should be called in an emergency case.
Now why 1-0-8:
There are some reasons behind the name “1-0-8”. It is a technologically acceptable number enabling the processing of calls to occur faster. 1-0-8 functions effectively as a user friendly number because during a crisis situation the eye automatically searches the first digit on the number pad which is 1 and then moves downward to find 0.This is the exact order in which 1-0-8 is being laced. 1-0-8 is a primordial number resonating accross countries, cultures, religions and is also a prime number to astrologers, astronomers, linguists and mathematicians. 1-0-8 beads of a rosary for 108 incantations are a namajapa of a Personal God. Cosmic Dancer Lord Natraja danced the 108 karanas or momentory freezes. Heart Chakra: The chakras are the intersection of energy lines and there are said to be a total of 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra. It is said that the human soul goes through 108 stages on a journey.
GVK 108 service carries out its social initiatives through GVK Foundation. It’s an development programs on a national level like providing housing for under privileged people, education, health and hygiene, community-based programs, empowerment and entrepreneurship development, arts, music, sports, emergency response services and a number of other socio-economic initiatives.