The union Government through Swachh Bharat Mission – Urban has launched smart star rating for garbage free cities.
The star –rating initiative was launched by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) Hardeep Singh Puri along with Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
In the initiative, cities will be rated on a seven-star rating system based on multiple cleanliness indicators for solid waste management, which will include Door to Door Collection, bulk generator compliance, source segregation, sweeping, scientific processing of waste, scientific land filling, plastic waste management, construction and demolition management, dump remediation& citizen grievance redressal system etc.
Cities can be rated as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 star based on their compliance with the protocol conditions specified for each of the rating. Further city should be ODF (Open Defecation Free) before it could be given rating of 3 star or above. While cities may self-declare themselves as 1-star, 2-star or 4-star, MoHUA will carry out an additional verification through an independent third party to certify cities as 3-star, 5-star or 7-star. Cities will need to get re-certified themselves every year to retain their star-status.