The minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri along with Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa, on Saturday, launched the ‘Protocol for Star Rating of Garbage-Free Cities’ in Goa.
The star-rating initiative, developed by the Swachh Bharat Mission – Urban will be rating cities on a 7-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 landfilling, plastic waste management, construction and demolition management, dump remediation & citizen grievance redressal system etc, ministry stated in statement.
According to Puri, 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 ratings. Further city should be ODF (Open Defecation Free) before it could be given a rating of 3 stars 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 recertified themselves every year to retain their star-status.
It is expected that the Star-rating initiative will be another effective tool for achieving the objectives of Swachh Bharat Mission of “Open Defecation Free and Garbage Free India”, Puri said.
Speaking on the affordable housing sector, Puri said, “The housing demand statistics registered in the PMAY-MIS indicates that there is housing demand for about 5,000 houses across the entire State in all 14 Urban Statutory towns included in the PMAY(U) Mission. About 1000 demand has been already registered in the CLSS component of PMAY(U) in Goa.”