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
- Scientific processing of waste
- Scientific land filling
- Plastic waste management
- Construction and demolition management
- Dump remediation & citizen grievance redressal system
• 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.
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’.