After few could pass the physical ability test for the recruitment of firemen,the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) standing committee on Thursday relaxed the qualification norms for swimming and running.
In the earlier test,only 71 had cleared out of 2,500-odd candidates,according to the Committee chairman Bhupendra Patel. As per the new relaxed norm,a fire volunteer will be allowed to take 230 seconds to cover 800 metres. Earlier,this was 200 seconds. In the test for swimming,fire volunteers will be allowed to take 360 seconds to swim 200 metres distance. Earlier,they had to do it within 300 seconds.
While fire volunteers will be deemed qualified at 150 marks in running and 165 marks in swimming,freshers will have to get a minimum of 180 marks in running and 225 marks in swimming.
Those clearing the tests had to work at a fixed pay of Rs 4,500 for five years. But now this has been brought down to three years after appointment,Patel said.
AMC to go for canopy tree plantation
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has decided to go for canopy tree plantation on central verge and both sides of roads. The trees will be separated by a distance of 10 metres. AMCs Standing Committee has approved a proposal moved by the municipal commissioner in this regard.
The AMC is also considering to purchase one lakh five-feet trees of similar varieties from the State Forest Department at Rs 25 per plant.
AMC chairman Bhupendra Patel said that each tree thus planted would cost around Rs 60,including the maintenance cost. Twelve species of trees have been selected for plantation,but on any given road there would be only one variety,Patel said. According to the 2012 tree census done by the Forest Department,Ahmedabad has 6,18,048 trees which comes to 4.66 per cent in terms of green cover.
This is much less than Vadodara (16.29 per cent),Gandhinagar (53.9 per cent) and Rajkot (4.69 per cent).