Railways, IRCTC & Local Circles initiate Online Disaster & Emergency Response Communities for 100 Districts

  • Over 100,000 Citizens Already Connected Across 100 District Level Emergency Communities; the Connectivity to be Extended to all 600 Districts of India Within a Year
  • Timely Broadcasts/Sharing by Railways on Earthquake Updates, Do’s/Don’ts Over the Weekend Greatly Helped Citizens
  • Ministry of Railways to Soon Invite NDMA, Local District Administration, Police, Blood Banks, Hospitals, NGOs, etc., so the Whole District can Easily Come Together in Case of a Disaster

In order to improve disaster management and emergency response at a local level for any kind of disasters like train accidents, natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, fire, etc. or emergencies faced by communities or citizens, online and mobile based local communities have been formed for 100 districts of  India over the last month.

The initiative brought together by the Ministry of Railways, IRCTC and LocalCircles is aimed at creating easily accessible online and mobile based Disaster/Emergency Response ecosystem in every district of India so in case of a disaster/emergency, help can be quickly mobilized and information can be easily disseminated.

Over 100,000 citizens have already been connected within the last month across 100 districts of India and soon other stake holders like NDMA, State Disaster Management Units, District Magistrate, District Police, Blood Banks, Hospitals, NGOs will be invited to join their district’s respective Disaster/Emergency response circle. Over the next one year, the connectivity will be extended to all 600 or so districts of India.

Within minutes of the earthquake at noon on Saturday, April 25th, information was broadcasted in the North India Emergency Response circles followed by detailed Earthquake Do’s and Don’ts. The information came in handy for citizens during the follow on tremors on Saturday and Sunday. A large number of citizens across the 100 district circles appreciated the timely information delivered on their mobile phones and e-mails.

In almost all instances of disasters/emergencies, it is the local people that can assist the fastest. So, be it a train accident, an earthquake or someone needing blood, connecting the citizens at a local level with each other and the authorities for emergency response is the sole objective of this initiative.

Anyone who wishes to join their District’s Disaster/Emergency Response circle may register via the Internet or mobile phone at http://www.localcircles.com and using Find a Circle option, search for EMERGENCY and submit a request to join their District’s circle. Once approved, they will be connected with other residents in their district.

About Ministry of Railways

The Ministry of Railways is a ministry in the Government of  India, responsible for the country’s rail transport. The ministry operates the state-owned Indian Railways, an organisation that operates as a monopoly in rail transport. Indian Railways is an Indian state-owned enterprise, owned and operated by the Government of  India through the Ministry of Railways. It is one of the world’s largest railway networks comprising 115,000 km (71,000 mi) of track over a route of 65,436 km (40,660 mi) and 7,172 stations. In 2014-15, IR carried 8.397 billion passengers annually or more than 23 million passengers a day (roughly half of whom were suburban passengers) and 1050.18 million tons of freight in the year.


IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation), is a subsidiary of the Indian Railways that handles the catering, tourism and online ticketing operations of the railways. It is known for changing the face of railway ticketing in
India. It pioneered Internet-based rail ticket booking through its website, as well as from the mobile phones via GPRS or SMS.

About LocalCircles

LocalCircles takes social media to the next level and makes it about communities, governance and utility. It enables citizens to connect with communities for most aspects of urban daily life like neighborhood, constituency, city, government, causes, interests and needs, seek information/assistance when needed, come together for various initiatives and improve their urban daily life. LocalCircles is free for citizens and always will be!

Media Contact:

Akshay Gupta
LocalCircles India Pvt. Ltd.