On Tuesday the centre has declared Rajkot, NaviMumbai, Surat, Mysore, Indore and Ambikapur (Chhattisgarh) as ‘5-star garbage-free cities’. Whereas cities like Karnal, New Delhi, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Chandigarh, Bhilai Nagar, Ahmedabad are among ‘three-star garbage free rating while Delhi Cantonment, Vadodara, Rohtak are among one-star garbage free cities.
Among the total of 1435 cities 65 cities have been given three-star rating and 70 cities have got one-star rating.
While announcing the results, Hardeep Singh Puri minister for housing and urban affairs, said that the COVID19 crisis has brought forward the importance of sanitisation along with solid waste management. The Minister added it would not be an exaggeration to say that the present situation could have been much worse, had it not been for the critical part that Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban has played in the last five years to ensure a high degree of cleanliness and sanitation in urban areas, the minister added.
The Central has launched the star rating protocol in January 2018 to institutionalize a mechanism for cities to achieve garbage free status leading to a higher degree of cleanliness. However the star rating protocol includes components such as cleanliness of drains & water bodies, plastic waste management, managing construction & demolition waste which are critical drivers for achieving garbage free cities.
Hardeep Singh Puri said “Our aim is to institutionalize as well as bring consistency and transparency when it comes to SWM. This certification is not only an acknowledgement of the clean status of Urban Local Bodies and strengthened SWM systems but also a mark of trust and reliability akin to universally known standards. Moreover, the performance of cities under the Star Rating Protocol is crucial as it carries significant weightage when it comes to their final assessment in Swachh Survekshan,”
-Davinder Panesar, NMTV News