KSRTC team to visit Karnataka with union representatives to study single-duty system

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Thiruvananthapuram: A KSRTC team will soon visit Karnataka to study the successful duty system adopted by Karnataka Transport Corporation. The union representatives will also accompany the officials.

KSRTC has been considering the 12 hours-long single-duty system launched in Karnataka. The corporation has decided to include the representatives of the KSRTC employees’ unions in the team by considering their disapproval of the single-duty system.

Karnataka carries out two types of single-duty systems. According to the first system, the duty begins at 6 am and ends at 6 pm. Another duty timing begins by evening and ends at 10 pm and resumes on the next early morning and goes up to 7 am. Karnataka Transport Corporation conducts maximum services during peak hours and adjusts the services as per the rush.

The employees are entrusted with single-duty for long-distance services. Or else, the staff will be replaced when the duty time ends. However, the unions claim that the situation in Kerala is different from Karnataka. The trip may be delayed due to traffic congestion or damaged roads here, pointed out the unions.

KSRTC has started to avoid conductors in long-distance services. The Thiruvananthapuram- Ernakulam ‘end-to-end’ service started on an experimental basis without conductors and will soon extend to other routes.

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