Union Minister of State (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri has announced the results of the Star Rating of Garbage Free Cities 2019-2020. According to the result, 6 Cities were rated 5 Star, 65 Cities rated 3 Star and 70 Cities rated 1 Star out of 141 cities. Union Minister also launched the revised protocol for the Star Rating of Garbage Free Cities.
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Over 1435 cities applied for the Star Rating Assessment. It was based on 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. A total of 141 cities have been certified with Star Rating during field assessment.
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What is Star Rating Protocol?
The Star Rating Protocol was launched by the Ministry in January 2018 to institutionalize a mechanism for cities to realize Garbage Free status and to motivate cities to realize higher degrees of cleanliness. The core of the protocol is on Solid Waste Management(SWM) & also ensures certain minimum standards of sanitation through a group of prerequisites defined within the framework.
It’ll consider ward-wise geo-mapping, monitoring of SWM value chain through ICT interventions like Swachh Nagar App and zone-wise rating in cities with a population of quite 50 lakh. The performance of cities under the Star Rating Protocol is crucial because it carries significant weightage when it involves their final assessment in Swachh Survekshan.”
What is Swachh Survekshan?
Swachh Survekshan(SS) was introduced 5 years ago to make sure a high degree of cleanliness and sanitation in urban areas. Because it may be a ranking system, many cities despite doing exceptionally well, weren’t being recognized appropriately. Therefore the ministry introduced the Star Rating Protocol for Garbage Free Cities January 2018 ,a framework almost like the examination systems where each ward in every city must achieve a particular standard across 24 different components of SWM and is graded supported overall marks received. Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban(SBM-U) was launched in 2014 & has made significant progress within the area of both sanitation and solid waste management.
5 Star Cities:
|Urban Local Bodies||Category||Winner|
|Indore||Madhya Pradesh||5 Star|
|Navi Mumbai||Maharashtra||5 Star|