Star Rating of Garbage Free Cities- Know India's 3-star and 5-star cities
Star Rating of Garbage Free Cities- Know India's 3-star and 5-star cities

Star Rating of Garbage Free Cities- Know India’s 3-star and 5-star cities

  • Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs announced the results of the star rating of garbage-free cities for the year 2019-2020.
  • The star rating of garbage-free cities evaluates cities on the basis of cleanliness indicators and accordingly rate on the scale of 1 to 7.
  • As many as six cities namely – Ambikapur, Rajkot, Surat, Mysuru, Indore and Navi Mumbai – have been certified as 5-star. While 65 cities have been certified as 3-star, 70 cities have got the 1-star rating.
  • According to the information shared by Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, MoHUA, there is a three-stage assessment process for star rating of garbage-free cities.
  • In the first stage, ULBs (urban local bodies) populate their progress data on the portal along with supporting documents within a particular timeframe.
  • In the second stage, a desktop assessment is done by a third-party agency selected and appointed by MoHUA. ULBs that clear the desktop assessment move to the final stage – independent field-level observations.
  • In the 2019-2020 assessment, 1,435 cities applied of which only 698 cities cleared the desktop assessment which is the second stage. In the third stage, 141 cities have been certified with star rating.
  • During the assessments, 1.19 crore citizen feedbacks and over 10 lakh geo-tagged pictures were collected and 5175 solid waste processing plants were visited by 1210 field assessors. The low number of certifications signifies the rigorous and robust certification mechanism of the protocol, said Mr Mishra.
  • The new protocol will consider ward-wise geo-mapping, monitoring of the solid waste management value chain through ICT (Information and Communications Technology) interventions like Swachh Nagar App and zone-wise rating in cities with a population of over 50 lakh.

About Star Rating Protocol-

  • To tackle the problem of poor waste management in urban India, in January 2018, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) had launched a unique initiative – the 7-star rating system.
  • The aim of the 7-star rating system was to institutionalize a mechanism for cities to achieve garbage free status and achieve higher degrees of cleanliness. As part of the star rating protocol, urban spaces of the country are evaluated on the basis of multiple cleanliness indicators with regard to waste management – door to door waste collection, waste segregation, plastic waste management, cleaning of drains and water bodies and others – and rated accordingly.

About MOHUA-

  • Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India, is a federal ministry with executive authority over the formulation and administration of the rules and regulations and laws relating to the housing and urban development in India.
  • The Ministry became independent from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation in 2004, but was later re-merged with it in 2017.
  • Formation- 1952
  • Headquarters – New Delhi
  • Minister – Hardeep Singh Puri

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