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Emergency and Utility Services in India

In layman terms, the word emergency can be explained as any sudden, unexpected crisis that requires immediate action. It is not that simple though as 'emergency' can be unkind that some of the time, preparedness to deal with any type of emergency may go for a toss! Emergencies are tricky as it would not knock the door before it bangs, it is crucial not to become a victim instantly, but to be aware of what the least can be done next.

Emergency and Utility Services in India

As a matter of fact, emergency services are like a backbone for any nation that prioritizes human welfare. India, the seventh-largest country in the globe (in terms of area) with 1.252 billion people, emergency services go hand-in-hand in the day to day progress of the nation. Effective emergency services are not just for 'need of the hour', but it has to address the present and the unknown future! For a country that comes with the tag of 'second most populous' country in the world, India has a wide range of effective service providers for emergency situations.

In India, several states and central government-operated agencies and numerous private organizations exist exclusively for dealing with any type of emergencies as part of their responsibilities.

In addition, a lot of the above said agencies involve in creating awareness and conduct prevention programs to help the people cautious, avoid, observe, and report emergencies immediately. Let's have a look at some of the important emergency services in India.

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Police in India

Indian Police

In India, the 29 states and 07 union territories have a state constabulary, led by the Director General of Police (DGP) or Commissioner of Police (state level)  while the administrative head of the state is the Chief Minister. The primary responsibility of the state police force is to effectively maintain law and order in districts, cities, towns and other urban areas and in rural areas throughout the state. The state constabularies are free standing and primarily differ in terms of the resources and gears.

Though, the police forces of states differ in assorted terms, their conventions of administration and functioning are more or less similar. Apart from the state police forces, important urban centers have their own constabulary known as Metropolitan Police which is almost standardized with state and union territory police forces except their appointments; for instance., Director General of Police is addressed as Commissioner of Police, in metropolitan police services.

To know about the list of police stations in some of the metropolitan cities of India, click below on the below links: Police Stations in Delhi | Police Stations in Ahmedabad | Police Stations in Hyderabad | Kochi City Police | Police Stations in Coimbatore | Police Stations in Jaipur | Police Stations in Mumbai |

Contact Information of Police Chiefs of Some of the Indian States and Metropolitan Cities in India:

Delhi Police
Commissioner of Police, Delhi
Delhi Police Headquarters, I. P. Estate, ITO, New Delhi-110002
Phone Number: 011-23490201

Tamil Nadu Police

Director General of Police - Law and Order (State)
No. 1, Kamaraja Salai, Mylapore, Chennai-600004, Tamil Nadu
Phone Number: 044-28447777, 28447755

Commissioner of Police - Chennai
Phone Number: 044-25615048, 26618114

West Bengal Police

Director General & Inspector General of Police (State)
Phone Number: 033-2358-3806

Commissioner of Police - Kolkata
Phone Number: 033-22145060   

Karnataka Police

Director General & Inspector General of Police (State)
No. 2, police Headquater Nrupathunga Road, Bangalore, Karnataka-560001
Phone Number: 080-22211803

Commissioner of Police - Bengaluru
Phone Number: 080-22260222, 22942215, 22943386
Mobile Number: +91-9480801024

Assam Police

Director General of Police (State)
Police Headquarters, Uluvari, Guwahati-781007, Assam   
Phone Number: 0361-2450555, 2455126

Andhra Pradesh Police

Director General of Police (State)
Police Headquarters, Hyderabad-500004, Andhra Pradesh   
Phone Number: 040-23235170, 040-23232831

Commissioner of Police - Hyderabad
Phone Number: 040-23261666, 27852432, 27853785, 23227546
Mobile Number: +91-9490616000

Gujarat Police

Director General of Police, Gujarat
Gujarat State Police Bhawan, Sector- 18, Gandhinagar, Gujarat-382009
Phone Number: 079-23246333, 23246339
Mobile Number: +91-9978406255

Superintendent of Police - Gandhinagar

Phone number: 079-23210901
Mobile Number: +91-9978405070

Maharashtra Police

Director General of Police, Maharashtra
State Police Headquartes, Old Council Hall, Shaeed Bhagat Singh Marg, Mumbai -1, Maharashtra-400001   
Phone Number: 022-22026672

Commissioner of Police - Mumbai

Police Commissioner Office, D.N. Road, Mumbai-400001
Phone Number: 022-22620826 22613552

Uttar Pradesh Police

Director General of Police, Uttar Pradesh
Police Headquarters, No. 1, Tilak Marg, Lucknow- 226001, Uttar Pradesh   
Phone Number: 0522-2206104

Fire Services in India

Indian Fire Services

Fire prevention and fire services in India are primarily provided by the government agencies. Every state and union territory of India is equipped with a separate department for fire services. Most of the state fire departments in the country come under the administrative ambit of the home department in that respected state. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) also known as Home Ministry often provides suggestions to states and union territories on fire prevention, fire protection and fire legislation.

Did you know?
Uttar Pradesh has the largest fire service department in India, followed by the southern state of Tamil Nadu

Typically, fire service departments in India are led by an IPS officer in the rank of director general and each state and union territory is generally divided into several fire divisions, depending on the area. Each fire division in a state and union territory is equipped with fire stations and is led by a divisional officer. It is important to mention that Standing Fire Advisory Council (SFAC) formed by the home ministry is the supreme body of fire and safety experts consisted of chiefs of fire and rescue services of all states and union territories. The Standing Fire Advisory Council proposes diverse prospects of fire services to Govt. of India.

Also Read: Fire Services in Delhi | Fire Services in Surat | Fire Services in Chennai | Fire Services in Hyderabad | Fire Services in Bengaluru | Mumbai Fire Brigade

Important Contact Information:

Fire Cell - Directorate General Civil Defence (Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India)

Fire Adviser
East Block, VII Level 7, R.K. Purm, New Delhi-66
Phone Number: 011-26712832

Secretary (BM)
North Block,
New Delhi-110001
Phone Number: 011-23092440

Joint Secretary (DM)
'A' Wing, Lok Nayak
Bhawan, Khan Market,
New Delhi-110 003
Phone Number: 011-24638206

Director (DM-III)
'A' Wing, Lok Nayak
Bhawan, Khan Market,
New Delhi-110 003
Phone Number: 011-26642381

Find Below Some of the Important Contact Details of State Fire Service Headquarters in India:

Delhi Fire Service
Director of Delhi Fire Service
Connaught Place, Barakhamba Lane, New Delhi-110001
Phone Number: 011-23414000
Mobile Number: +91- 9810264747

Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Response and Fire Services Department
Additional Director General of Police & Director General of
State Disaster Response & Fire Services, Andhra Pradesh
'B' Block 1st floor, B.R.K. Rao Bhavan, Hyderabad - 500 063
Phone Number: 040-23442944
Mobile: +91-9490617520

West Bengal Fire Services
Director General
13D, Mirza Ghalib Street, Kolkata - 700 016
Phone Number: 033-22527172
Mobile Number: +91-9831056497

Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services

Director, Fire and Rescue Services Department, 12, Rukhmani Lakshmipathi Salai, Egmore, Chennai-600008, Tamil Nadu
Phone Number: 044-28554156
Mobile Number: +91-9789933444

Uttar Pradesh Fire Service

Additional Director General, U.P. Fire Service Head
5th Floor Indira Bhawan, Lucknow
Phone Number: 0522-2287236
Mobile Number: +91-9454400117

Jammu and Kashmir Fire and Emergency Services

Director General
Fire & Emergency Service Headquarters Batmaloo, Srinagar
Fire & Emergency Service Headquarters Gandhi Nagar, Jammu
Phone Number:  0194-2452068, 2455061 (Srinagar), 0191-2457821, 2453013 (Jammu)

Karnataka Fire and Emergency Services

DGP / DG, Fire & Emergency Service, Bangalore.
Phone Number: 080-22971501, 25570733
Mobile Number: +91-9449011346

Ambulance Services in India

Ambulance in India
Unlike the police and fire and rescue services in India, Ambulance Services are offered to the population by both public and private health care facilities. Besides, every state and union territory has their own ambulance services offered by the local administration. Prior to the year 2005, our country has no dedicated emergency service of the ambulance. It was government and private health care facilities who provided ambulance services to the people and that too not through a dedicated emergency helpline number.

Did you know?
Back bone of the emergency services transportation system is - AMBULANCE

Today, India is equipped with GVK EMRI emergency response services, a public private partnership facility that responds to over 3 crore emergencies, all over the country. GVK EMRI extends Dial 108 ambulance services for free of cost to people who are in need of help. The emergency service company has a strong presence across Andhra Pradesh, Daman & Diu, Telangana, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Gujarat, Kerala, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Madhya Pradesh and Meghalaya.

With a huge fleet of well-equipped ambulances, GVK EMRI transport patients from the emergency site to the closest possible health care facility. The primary focus of the emergency service provider is to reach the site of emergency at he earliest, providing pre-hospital care whenever required and reaching the nearest hospital as soon as possible.

Always remember to Dial 108 to save a life!
  • Total Number of Ambulance Operated: 9,367
  • Emergency Services Offered Per Day: 21,663

Also Read: Ambulance Services in Delhi | Ambulance Services in Ahmedabad | Ambulance Services in Surat | Ambulance Services in Hyderabad | Ambulance Services in Bengaluru | Ambulance Services in Kolkata

Important Contact Information:

GVK EMRI - Locations
(in some of the important Indian states)

National Institute of Health n Family Welfare, Baba Gang Nath Marg, Munirka,
New Delhi-110067

Uttar Pradesh
CP-147,D-1,LDA Colony, Near Power House Square, Kanpur Road Yojana,
Uttar Pradesh
Phone Number: +91-522-2421946

Madhya Pradesh
Kamala Nehru Sansthan, Near TB Association, Edgah Hills,
Madhya Pradesh
Phone Number: +91-755-2579023

1st Floor Neurological Building, MIMHANS, Lawmali,
Shillong – 793001
Phone Number: +91-364-2590510

Emergency Response Center
Naroda – Kathwada Road, Naroda,
Ahmedabad -382345,
Phone Number: +91-79-22814896

Tamil Nadu
Health Visitors Training Institute, Govt. Kasturba Gandhi Hospital, Triplicane,
Chennai – 600005, Tamil Nadu
Phone Number: +91-44 -28888060

S T D C Housing Board Colony, OPP Govt. Unani Medical College, GMS Compound, Magadi Road, Bangalore- 560079 Karnataka
Phone Number: +91-80-23280161

Furthermore, many private healthcare facilities have introduced the relatively new concept of air ambulance services in India. Air ambulance services primarily provide medical assistance in emergency situations where regular ambulances cannot reach. Besides, air ambulances come equipped with most advanced medical facilities that can be likened to the ICU of a health care facility.

Find Below Some of the Reputed Air Ambulance Services in India:

2 A Ambulance
No 69/48, Kilpauk Garden Colony,
Outer Circular Road, Kilpauk, Chennai - 600010
Phone:  +(91)-(44)-66369554

Helping Point
21, Dr.Thirumoorthy Nagar 1st Street,
Opp G.G Hospital, Nungambakkam,
Chennai - 600034
Phone:  +(91)-(44)-28222333

Air Ambulance Services
No.172/2, Opp IIM, Bannerghatta Road,
Bangalore - 560076
Phone:  +(91)-9986090451

Charter Flights.Net
No.127, Opp to Gates, 4th Cross,
Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore-560076
Phone: +(91)-(80)-26483147

Tops Air Rescue
105/A Marve Complex 1st Flr, Opp
Tata Power Krishnala, Andheri East,
Phone: +(91)-(22)-61630568

LEO Air Charters Services
3rd Flr Majithia Apt, Irla, S V Rd,
Vile Parle West, Mumbai - 400056
Phone: +(91)-(22)-61632390

Rana Ambulance Services
A-193a,Raju Park, Sainik Farms,
Delhi - 110062
Phone: +(91)-(11)-66357791

City Ambulance Service
J-3/137, J J Colony, Ashok Vihar,
Delhi - 110052
Phone: +(91)-(11)-66362174

Tops Air Rescue Head Quarters
5, Royal Palms, Golf Country Club
Goregaon East, Mumbai - 400065
Phone: +(91)-9870173073

Asia Rescue & Medical Services
57, Park Mansions,Ground Floor,Room No 42b,
Park Street, Kolkata - 700016
Phone: +(91)-(33)-22896600

Apollo Hospitals International Ltd
Plot No A/1, Bhat Gidc Estate, Nr Indira Bridge,
Airport Gandhinagar Highway, Bhat Gam,
Gandhinagar - 382010 (Also serves Ahmedabad)

Paraplegia Hospital
Civil Hospital Campus, Asarwa, Ahmedabad - 380016
Phone: +(91)-(79)-22684258

National Disaster Management in India

Disaster Management in India

The National Disaster Management Authority popularly abbreviated as NDMA, a government agency of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), is responsible for coordinating response to disasters that ranges from man-made disasters to natural disasters in India. The primary purpose of the National Disaster Management Authority in India is to engage in preparation and capacity-building activities for danger and disaster management. The disaster management authority has a separate wing for disaster response known as National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

Did you know?
During the recent tragedy of Nepal earthquake, the NDRF's contribution in terms of rescue operations is commended all over the world

The disaster response force is equipped with experts who are skilled in search, save and rehabilitation. The Ministry of Science and Technology (India) comprises a government agency that extends the expertness of meteorology specialists and scientists to emergency management as well. The federal military forces of India (Bharatiya Sashastra Sena) also bid a crucial role in the disaster management operations. In addition to the government disaster management agencies, several non-profit-making organizations also extend disaster management services in India, Mumbai-based Aniruddha's Academy of Disaster Management (ACDM) being the notable one.

Also Read:
Disaster Management in Coimbatore
Disaster Management in Ahmedabad

Important Contact Information:

Disaster Management Division (Ministry of Home Affairs)
North Block, New Delhi

MHA Control Room
Phone Number: 011-23092923, 23093054, 23092885, 23093897

Home Secretary - Disaster Management Division (Ministry of Home Affairs)
Shri. Anil Goswami
Phone Number: 011-23092989, 23093031

Director - Disaster Management Division (Ministry of Home Affairs)
Shri. Sanjay Aggarwal
Phone Number: 011-23438102

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Headquarters
Director General
Shri O.P. Singh (IPS)
Sector-1 R K Puram, New Delhi -66   
Phone Number: 011-26712851, 26161442

Some of the Important Locations of NDRF Battalions in India:

Uttar Pradesh
8th Bn NDRF, Kamla Nehru Nagar, Ghaziabad (UP) Pin -201002   
Phone Number: 0120-2766013

West Bengal
2nd BN NDRF, Haringhata, Mohanpur, Nadia, (West Bengal)  Pin-741246   
Phone Number: 033-25875032

5th Bn NDRF,Sudumbare Taluka,Distt-Maval Pune(Maharashtra) Pin-410507   
Phone Number: 02114-247010

Tamil Nadu
4th Bn NDRF, PO-Suraksha Campus, Arrakonam, Distt. Vellore,Tamilnadu   
Phone Number: 04177-246269

Blood Banks in India

Blood Banks

Blood banks are an integral part of the emergency services in India. There is doubt in the fact, that blood transfusion to a patient who is in need of blood at times of emergencies could save his/her life. In India, most of the government and private hospitals are equipped with blood banks. Furthermore, blood banks in India are noble arrangements for following through procedures for blood collection, pheresis, blood storage, processing of blood and supply of blood gotten from blood donors and/or for provision, blood storage and supply of blood elements.

It is significant to mention that an exclusive license or permit is mandatory to operate a blood bank. Without permit to operate a blood bank is a violation under Drugs & Cosmetics Act 1940 and regulations constituted under that. Besides, under National AIDS Control Organization (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India), blood transfusion under the oversight of educated staff for everyone who need blood, regardless of their social status by comprehensive, effective and overall quality management access is guaranteed under the national blood policy.

Also Read: Blood Banks in Delhi | Blood Banks in Ahmedabad | Blood Banks in Chennai | Blood Banks in Pune | Blood Banks in Surat | Blood Banks in Hyderabad | Blood Banks in Mumbai

Find Below Some of the Licensed Blood Banks (Government and Private) in India (State Wise) - Supported by National AIDS Control Organization:

West Bengal
Blood Bank, Bankura Sammilani Medical College and Hospital, Bankura
Central Blood Bank and Institute of Blood Transfusion Medicine, Kolkata
Blood Bank, R.G. Kar Medical College Hospital, Kolkata
Blood Bank, Medical College (Bejoy Chand Hospital), Burdwan
Blood Bank, North Bengal Medical College & Hospital, Darjeeling

Andhra Pradesh
Blood Bank, Nizam's Orthopedic (NIMS) Hospital, Hyderabad
Blood Bank, SVRR Hospital and Medical College, Tirupati
Blood Bank, Institute of Preventive Medicine, Hyderabad
Blood Bank, Osmania General Hospital, Hyderabad
Blood Bank, Government General Hospital and Medical College, Guntur
Blood Bank, Government Maternity Hospital, Nayapool, Hyderabad
Blood Bank, Government Victoria Hospital for Children, Vishakapatnam

Arunachal Pradesh
Blood Bank, General Hospital, Naharlagun, Itanagar, Papum Pare District

Guwahati Medical College, Guwahati, Kamrup Distt.
Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh

Blood Bank, Darbhanga Medical College Hospital, Laheriasarai
Blood Bank, Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College Hospital, Bhagalpur

Blood Bank, Deptt. of Transfusion Medicine, PGIMER Chandigarh
Blood Bank,Govt. Medical College & Hospital, Sector-32, Chandigarh

Main Blood Bank, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
Blood Bank, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, New Delhi
Blood Bank, Hindu Rao, Hospital, New Delhi
Blood Bank, Kasturba Hospital, New Delhi
Blood Bank Swamy Dayanand Hospital, New Delhi
Blood Bank, Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, Sector-6,Rohini

Jammu & Kashmir
Blood Bank, SMHS Hospital, Govt. Medical College, Srinagar
Blood Bank, Jammu Medical College Hospital, Jammu
Blood Bank, SKIMS Hospital, Srinagar

Blood Bank, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bangalore
Rastrothana Parishath Blood Bank, Bangalore
Blood Bank, Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) Hospital, Hubli, Dharwad Distt.
Blood Bank, M.R. Medical College, Gulbarga
Blood Bank, NIMHANS, Bangalore

Blood Bank, Medical College Hospital, Trivandrum
IMA Blood Bank, Ernakulum (Kochi)
Blood Bank, Medical College Hospital, Calicut

Blood Bank, CPR Hospital, Govt. Medical College, Kolhapur
Blood Bank, Medical College and Hospital, Nagpur
Blood Bank, Sassoon Hospital, Pune (with BJ Medical College)
Blood Bank, Civil Hospital, Amravati

Blood Bank, JIPMER, Pondicherry
Blood Bank, Indira Gandhi Govt. General Hospital & PGI, Pondicherry

Tamil Nadu
Blood Bank, Government Stanly Medical College and Hospital, Chennai
Blood Bank, Government General Hospital, Chennai
Blood Bank, Government Hospital, Medical College, Coimbatore
Blood Bank, Thanjavur Medical College Hospital, Thanjavur

Helplines for Women in Distress in India

Help for Women in Distress in India
With an objective to help the cops quickly proceed to any emergency call by a woman in distress, irrespective of location, the Government of India recently asked for proposals from information technology services to follow through the National Emergency Response System (NERS). The NERS is expected to amend the current system which is regrettably confined to urban centres. Besides, most of the urban centres in the country practice different response systems.

Similar to 911 in United States of America, the National Emergency Response System is planned to have an exclusive 'Public Safety Answering Point' abbreviated as PSAP in all the Indian states and union territories. The answering point is basically a call centre where all distress calls coming from that state will be responded. The Ministry Of Home Affairs along with the Department of Telecommunications (Ministry of Communications and Information Technology) is working to check that the location of the person who is in need of quick help is assisted efficiently.

Also Read: Women Helpline in Delhi

Fine Below Some of the Important Help lines for Women in Distress in India:

All India
Women's Helpline (All India): 1091 / 1090

Delhi Commission for Women (DCW): 011 23378044/ 23378317/ 23370597
Outer Delhi Helpline:    011-27034873, 27034874
Women in Distress: 1091
Anti Stalking/Obscene calls: 1096
Child, Student & Senior Citizen: 1291
DCP SN Mosobi, North East Special Unit: +91-9818099070
IGP - Robin Hibu, Nodal Officer for Northeasterners: (Watsapp Number) - 9810083486

Andhra Pradesh
Hyderabad/Secunderabad - Women Police Station: 040-27853508
Hyderabad Women Police Station: 04027852400 / 4852

Women's Police Helpline: 080-22943225

Women Police Exchange: 1722741900

Women and Child Helpline: 0124-2335100

Himachal Pradesh
Women Commission: +91-9816066421, +91-9418636326, +91-9816882491, +91-9418384215

Women's Helpline:+91-9781101091

Tamil Nadu
Women's Helpline: 044-28592750
Women Police Station, Adayar: 044-24415732, 044-23452586

Women's Helpline Numbers: 0381-2323355, 03812322912

Children & Women Safety: 103, 07738133133, 07738144144

Nirbhaya Sambhali Helpline: 18001200020
Women Police Station Jodhpur: 0291-2012112

Women Police Helpline: 0821-2418400
Mysore Women Police Station: 0821-2418110 / 2418410

Vanitha Helpline Number of Kerala Police, Trivandrum: +91-9995399953
State Vanitha Cell: 0471-2338100
Women's Cell, Kollam: 0474-2742376
Women's Cell, Kochi: 0484-2396730

West Bengal
Women Helpline Number: +913323595609, +913323210154

Emergency Helpline Numbers in India

  • Police Control Room (Anywhere in India): 100
  • Women's Helpline (Anywhere in India): 181
  • Fire and Rescue Services: 101
  • AIDS Helpline (Anywhere in India): 1097
  • Ambulance: 102
  • Emergency response service for medical, police and fire emergencies: 108
  • (Available in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Assam, Meghalaya, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh)   
  • Drugs (24-hour CARE helpline for alcoholism and drug addiction): (040) 2779 0278, 0984 826 3919
  • HIV/AIDS: 1800 180 2008 (from BSNL/MTNL phones only), 0172 2662172 (from all lines)
  • Child Abuse: 1098
  • Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence: 181
  • Suicide/Crisis Line - 24-hour helpline: (044) 2754 6669
  • Anti-Poison; 1066
  • Cancer Helpline: 9910516562

Public Utility Services in India

Being the second most populous country in the world, services of essential and effective public utility are a must for the people of India. As far as the public utility services in India are concerned, the government, government owned agencies and private sectors extend a long list of utility services to the population. The wide range of public utility services in India promotes and enhances the well-being of every citizen of this country.
Utility Services in India

Moreover, extending effective utility services to people is one of the important responsibilities of the government. Some of the most significant public utility services in India include Postal Services, Telecommunications, Banks and ATMs, Electricity and so on. Let's get to know more about the public utility services extended in India.

Postal Services in India

India Post

The Department of Posts, popularly called as India Post, is the official postal system of India. The government run postal system is usually called as the post office by the people of India. India Post is regarded as one of the largest postal system network in the work as the total number of post offices in the country exceeds 1, 55,015. Among the total number of post offices in India, about 90 percent of post offices are located in rural areas and about 10 percent of post offices are located in urban areas. India Post has recorded massive growth post independence, with rural areas as their primary focus. On the average, a local post office attends to a population of 7,175 people.

Did you know?
World's highest post office is located in Hikkim, Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 15,500 ft above sea level - Postal Code 172114

For effective postal services, India has been divided into 22 postal circles. Each of the postal circles is led by a Chief Postmaster General. Further, each postal circle is separated into postal regions which consist of field units. Each postal region is directed by a Postmaster General. Apart from the postal circles, India Post operates an exclusive circle called as 'Base Circle' to cater to the postal needs and demands of the armed forces.

Some of the mail services, premium products, financial services and retail services offered by the India post include inland letter, post card, printed post card, book packet, value payable letters and parcels, registered post, speed post, business post, express parcel post, media post, greeting post, logistics post, savings bank account, recurring deposit account, monthly income scheme, public provident fund, time deposit, senior citizens savings scheme, national savings certificates, public life insurance, telephone revenue collection, e-ticketing, sale of UPSC forms, passport applications, gold coins, forex services, SIM and recharge coupons, India telephone cards and so on.

Also Read: Post Offices in Delhi | Post Offices in Pune | Post Offices in Surat | Post Offices in Kochi | Post Offices in Chennai | Post Offices in Bengaluru | Post Officer in Mumbai

Quick Facts:
Type of Administration: Agency of the Government of India
Industry: Postal services
Founded: 1st April 1774
Headquarters: Sansad Marg, New Delhi- 110001
Director General of India Post: Smt. Padmini Gopinath, Director General
Total Number of Employees (As of 31 March 2011): 466,903

Important Contact Information:

Toll Free Call Centre

Contact Information of Chief Postmaster General of Various Postal Circles in India:

Meghdoot Bhawan, Link Road, New Delhi – 110001
Phone Number: 011-23620144

Khanpur, Ahmedabad – 380001
Phone Number: 079-25505424

North East ( All North-Eastern States except Assam and Sikkim)
Shillong – 793001
Phone Number: 0364-2223800

Andhra Pradesh
Dak Sadan, Abidas, Hyderabad – 500001
Phone Number: 040-23463636

Tamil Nadu (For Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry)   
Anna Road, Chennai – 600002
Phone Number: 044-28520367

Beaulieu, Palace Road, Bengluru – 560001
Phone Number: 080-22392523

Maharashtra (For Goa, Maharshtra and Dadra & Nagar Haveli)
Mumbai GPO Building, 2nd Floor, Mumbai – 400001
Phone Number: 022-22620049

Uttar Pradesh   
4, Hazratganj, Lucknow – 226001
Phone Number: 0522-2622000

Speed Post Customer Care Number of Metropolitan Cities in India:
  • Speed Post Customer Care Number Ahmedabad: 1800-233-7999
  • Speed Post Customer Care Number Bangalore: 080-2286 7302
  • Speed Post Customer Care Number Chennai: 044-2829 2001
  • Speed Post Customer Care Number Delhi: 1800-11-9888
  • Speed Post Customer Care Number Hyderabad: 040-2346 3922
  • Speed Post Customer Care Number Kolkata: 033-2212 0476
  • Speed Post Customer Care Number Mumbai: 022-2615 6125
  • Speed Post Customer Care Number Pune: 020-2612 1570
Apart from India Post who is the leading postal services in the country, several private players are extending courier services to the population. Some of the well known courier services in India include:

DHL Express India, Blue Dart Express Ltd, First Flight Courier Limited, Fedex India, DTDC Courier and Cargo Ltd, TNT Express, Gati Limited, Overnite Express Ltd, The Professional Courier Network Ltd and so on.

Also Read: Courier Services in Delhi | Courier Services in Ahmedabad | Courier Services in PuneProfessional Couriers in Pune | Courier Services in Chennai | Professional Courier in Hyderabad | Courier Services in Kochi | Courier Services in Bengaluru | Courier Services in Mumbai

Banks and ATMs in India

Banks in India

Being one of the largest economies in the world and a rapidly growing economic system, India is dotted by public sector banks, private sector banks, foreign banks, regional rural banks, cooperative banks, across the length and breadth of the country. Until a few years back, finding an ATM in an urban centre is a big deal, but today even the rural parts of the country is dotted with ATMs of popular banks. Some of the important banks in the country include

Number Public Sector Banks in India: 27
(19 are nationalised banks and 6 are State Bank of India and its associate banks)

Nationalized Banks in India:
Allahabad Bank, Andhra Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India, Corporation Bank, Dena Bank, Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Punjab & Sind Bank, Punjab National Bank, Syndicate Bank, UCO Bank, Union Bank of India, United Bank of India and Vijaya Bank

State Bank of India and its Associates:
State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Mysore and State Bank of Travancore

Old and Other Public Sector Banks in India:
Catholic Syrian Bank, City Union Bank, Dhanlaxmi Bank, Federal Bank, ING Vysya Bank, ING Vysya Bank, Jammu and Kashmir Bank, Karnataka Bank, Karur Vysya Bank, Lakshmi Vilas Bank, Nainital Bank, Ratnakar Bank, South Indian Bank, Tamilnad Mercantile BankBharatiya Mahila Bank and IDBI Bank

New Private Sector Banks in India:
ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, IndusInd Bank, Development Credit Bank and Yes Bank

Banks with 'in-principle' Licenses in India:
IDFC and Bandhan Financial Services

Foreign Banks wih Branch Operations in India:
HSBC, BNP Paribas, Societe Generale, Deutsche Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia, Royal Bank of Scotland, Credit Suisse, Barclays Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, American Express
Bank of America, Citibank, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank and so on

Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) in India:
Paschim Banga Gramin Bank, Andhra Pradesh Grameena Vikas Bank, Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank, Chaitanya Godavari Grameena Bank, Assam Gramin Vikash Bank, Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank, Bihar Gramin Bank, Chattisgarh Rajya Gramin Bank, Baroda Gujarat Gramin Bank, Sarva Haryana Gramin Bank, Himachal Pradesh Gramin Bank, Jharkhand Gramin Bank, Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank, Kerala Gramin Bank, Central Madhya Pradesh Gramin Bank, Manipur Rural Bank, Meghalaya Rural Bank, Mizoram Rural Bank, Odisha Gramya Bank, Punjab Gramin Bank, Baroda Rajasthan Ksethriya Gramin Bank, Pandyan Grama Bank, Pallavan Grama Bank, Tripura Gramin Bank, Uttarakhand Gramin Bank and so on

State Cooperative Banks in India:
Andaman and Nicobar State Co-operative Bank, Andhra Pradesh State Co-operative Bank,
Arunachal Pradesh State Co-operative Apex Bank, Delhi State Co-operative Bank, Goa State Co-operative Bank, Gujarat State Co-operative Bank, Tamil Nadu State Apex Co-operative Bank, Tripura State Co-operative Bank, Uttar Pradesh Co-operative Bank, West Bengal State Co-operative Bank and so on.

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Telecommunication Services in India

Telecom in India

Headquartered in New Delhi, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (popularly called as BSNL) is a state-owned enterprise and is the leading telecommunication services in India. Incorporated during the year 2000, BSNL assumed the line of work of catering telecom services and telecommunication network maintenance from the former managements of
  • Departments of Telecom Services (DTS) and
  • Telecom Operations (DTO)
Did you know?
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited is the oldest and most prominent communication service provider in India

Today, BSNL is one of the largest service providers of
  • Fixed telephony or landline services
  • Broadband services
  • Mobile telephony or mobile phone network
It is important to know that BSNL has no network or operations in New Delhi and Mumbai as they are catered by Mahanagar Telephone Nigam (MTNL). Some of the notable telecom services extended by the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited include Landline, WLL-CDMA Telephone Services, India Telephone Card, Virtual Private Network, Universal Access Number, Premius Rate Service, Broadband Internet, BSNL 3G, Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), Fibre To The Home (FTTH), Voice and Video Over Internet Protocol (VVoIP), Cellular Mobile Telephone Services, Managed Network Services (MPLS), Optical Infrastructure and DWDM and so on.

Quick Facts:
Owner: Government of India
Industry: Telecommunications
Founded: 2000
Number of Employees (As on 2014): 2,38,277
Chairman and Managing Director: Shri Anupam Shrivastava

Important Contact Information:

BSNL Corporate Office
Bharat Sanchar Bhavan
Harish Chandra Mathur Lane
Janpath, New Delhi-110 001
  • Landline/Broadband 1500 (from BSNL)
  • 1800 345 1500 (from other operator)
  • 1504 (Mobile)
BSNL Mobile all India Helpline

WLL Call Center

BSNL Internet Help Desk

BSNL Broadband Helpline


Apart from BSNL, India also houses several other private telecom giants who give intense competition to the state-owned enterprise. Some of the popular private telecom players who provide a wide range of services like mobile, landline, broadband and so on in India include Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Reliance Communications, Aircel, Tata Docomo, MTS India, Videocon, Vodafone and so on.

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Telecom Services in Hyderabad
Telecom in Bangalore

Electricity in India

Power Plants in India

India is one among the most preferred business destination in the globe. The presence of a number of electricity generation plants in the country is one of the major reasons behind the growth of the economy in India. Electricity is substantive for industrial development of any nation. The handiness of the effective power supply does good to almost every industrial sector of a country. That is the basic reason that the Government of India has afforded eminent priority to the power sector. India has a booming power sector that is dealing with most of the energy needs and demands of the country.

Did you know?
Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh are the top five India states equipped with highest installed electricity generation capacity

India houses a lot of power plants that are equipped with cutting-edge technology and expertise to generate electrical energy through Nuclear power, Coal power, Wind power and Water power. A number of state-owned enterprises and private sector companies are important players in India's electrical energy sphere, with the private sector leading the race!  The central and state governments collectively govern the massive electricity sector of India.

Did you know?
India is the third largest electricity producer with an installed capacity of 267.637 GW

Some of the well known state electricity boards in India include West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd, BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd, BSES Yamuna Power Ltd, Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam, Jharkhand State Electricity Board, Kerala State Electricity Board, Madhya Pradesh Paschim Kshetra Vidyut Vitran Co. Ltd, Calcutta Electricity Supply Company Ltd, Meghalaya State Electricity Board, Punjab  State Electricity Board, Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd, Tripura State Electricity Corporation Ltd, Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd, Tamil Nadu Electricity Board, Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) and so on.

Also Read: Electricity in Pune | Electricity in Surat | Electricity in Chennai | Electricity in Bengaluru | Electricity in Coimbatore | Electricity in Jaipur | Electricity in Mumbai

Important Contact Information:

Ministry of Power (Government of India)
MoS (Independent Charge)
Shri Piyush Goyal
Phone Number: 011-23717474, 23710411

Central Electricity Regulatory Commission
3rd and 4th Floor, Chanderlok Building, 36, Janpath, New Delhi - 110001
Phone Number: 011-2335303

Passport Services in India

Passport in India

Passport Seva, a single-stop service for all passport needs of India citizens is operating under the administrative ambit of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. The Passport Seva has three individual wings, which deals with consular, passport and visa needs of the population. The objective of this exclusive service is to extend passport services to Indian citizens in a transparent, more approachable, dependable manner and in an easy environment through effective procedures with the help of a dedicated, groomed and people-friendly workforce.

Some of the locations of Passport Officer in India include Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Kolkata, Ranchi, Amritsar, Dehradun, Kozhikode, Shimla, Andaman and Nicobar, Delhi, Lucknow, Srinagar, Bangalore, Ghaziabad, Madurai, Surat, Bareilly, Goa    , Malappuram, Thane, Bhopal, Guwahati, Mumbai, Trichy, Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Trivandrum, Chandigarh, Jaipur,     Patna, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Jalandhar, Pune, Cochin, Jammu and Raipur.

Important Contact Information:
  • National Call Centre/IVRS: 1800-258-1800 (Toll Free)
  • Call Centre Timings: 8 AM to 10 PM
  • IVRS Support: 24/7

Also Read: Passport Offices in Delhi | Passport Offices in Ahmedabad | Passport Offices in Pune | Passport Offices in Chennai | Passport Agents in Kochi | Passport Services in Coimbatore | Passport in Kolkata | Passport in Mumbai


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