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Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban launches Smart Star-Rating for garbage-free cities

The SMART star-rating initiative, developed by the Swachh Bharat Mission- Urban would rate the cities on a 7-star rating system, which would be based on multiple cleanliness indicators for solid waste management.

Jan 22, 2018 10:02 IST
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Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs along with the Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar launched the ‘Protocol for Star Rating of Garbage-Free Cities’ in Goa on January 20, 2018.

The SMART star-rating initiative, developed by the Swachh Bharat Mission – Urban would rate the cities on a 7-star rating system, which would be based on multiple cleanliness indicators for solid waste management.

Following are some of the cleanliness indicators:

- The cleanliness indicators would 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

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Key Highlights

• The cities would be rated 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 7 stars, based on their compliance with the protocol conditions specified for each of the rating.

• Further, the cities aiming to get 3 star rating or above should be ODF (Open Defecation Free).

• 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.

• The cities will need to get recertified themselves every year to retain their star-status.

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All cities can achieve a high star rating by ensuring:

• No garbage or litter is found in any public, commercial or residential locations in the city at any point of time in the day.

• 100 per cent of waste generated is scientifically managed.

• All legacy waste has been remediated and city is scientifically managing its municipal solid waste, plastic waste and construction & demolition waste.

• Steady reduction in the waste generated by the city.

• Visible beautification of the city to achieve a clean & aesthetically pleasing city.

The most significant feature of the rating protocol is that it provides stakeholders with a single metric to rate a city’s cleanliness, rather than separately evaluating multiple factors that contribute to a city’s overall cleanliness and garbage free status.

About Smart Star-Rating

• The expanded form of SMART rating is Single metric, Measurable, Achievable, Rigorous verification, Targeted towards outcomes.

• The rating system is characterized by trust and verify model and sustainability.

• It would involve the participation of all stakeholders and common people to aspire for higher rating in cleanliness.

• The distinctive feature of Star Rating System will be that many cities can have higher stars as compared to only one city can be “Cleanest city” under Swachh Survekshan.

• The system is perfectly in line with the objective of Swachh Bharat Mission – Urban of achieving a ‘clean India’.

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