KSRTC proposes single duty system to reduce expenses 

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Thiruvananthapuram: KSRTC has decided to shift 2400 ordinary buses to single duty system for reducing the salary expenses. The recommendation to revamp the duty structure was included in the revival package submitted to the state government, demanding financial aid worth Rs 250 crore. KSRTC estimates that the proposed restructuring of duty will help save Rs 39 crore on a monthly basis.

Currently, the KSRTC employees are availing double duty or one-and-half duty systems. Hence, those who work on a day need not be present on the next day. Instead of this, KSRTC has proposed to schedule 8 hours of duty and double wage for the extra hours worked. The corporation plans to launch more trips by utilising the currently available buses and staff.

KSRTC has also suggested increasing the average distance covered by a bus from 231 km to 310 km. With this, the average duty of 134 km per day will rise to 165 km. Additional revenue of Rs 14 crore has been estimated to procure this. The number of required employees in the ordinary services will be reduced to half and the remaining staff could be used to run additional services. By this, the maximum utilisation of the buses can be raised from 71 per cent to 91 per cent.

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