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- The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) and announced the results of Star rating of garbage free cities for the assessment year 2019-2020.
- A total of six cities have been certified as 5-Star, 65 cities as 3-Star and 70 cities as 1-Star.
- While announcing the results of the Star Rating of Garbage Free Cities, revised protocol for the Star Rating of Garbage Free Cities was also launched.
Star Rating of Garbage free Cities
- The Star Rating Protocol was launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) in January 2018 to institutionalize a mechanism for cities to achieve Garbage Free status, and to motivate cities to achieve higher degrees of cleanliness.
- The star rating conditions have been designed in a way as to enable cities to gradually evolve into a model (7-star) city, with progressive improvements in their overall cleanliness.
- The protocol, with increasing levels of stringency with increasing star rating, will also be aspirational in nature, feeding cities’ ambitions and dreams of becoming an ideal city for its residents.
- The star rating conditions are based on 25 key parameters across the solid waste management spectrum and has been designed to both help cities assess their progress while encouraging them to move towards a better rating thereby improving their cities’ overall cleanliness and aesthetics.