The 143rd Railway Users' Consultative Committee (DRUCC) Meeting of Palakkad Railway Division held here recently was informed that an Integrated Security Scheme will be introduced at Mangalore Central and Kozhikode at a cost of Rs. 7.06 crore.

Palakkad Divisional Railway Manager S.K. Raina told the meeting that a dog squad or bomb squad will be stationed at Kozhikode Railway Station this month, according to a release.

However, no decision has been taken on when to implement the new security scheme in Mangalore railway station.

The release quoted the DRM as saying that total earnings of the division in April-October 2010 was Rs. 326.63 crore and it was 0.76 per cent higher than the previous year for the same period.

Except freight, all other earnings showed increase compared to previous year.

It said the division served eight districts in Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and one Union Territory (Puducherry).

It ran 70 mail/express trains and 26 passenger trains carrying 1.90 lakh passengers a day.

This division maintained 93.1 per cent punctuality this year in April-October 2010 compared to 86.6 per cent during the same period in the previous year.

The release said that Kozhikode-West Hill and Netravathi-Mangalore track doubling work would be completed by this year end while Rs. 320 crore was sanctioned for Shoranur-Mangalore electrification.

Of this, Rs. 60 crore was allotted this year for the preliminary work, the release added.

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