In an official statement, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs announced the introduction of the “[email protected] Star Rating Protocol of Garbage Free Cities—Toolkit 2022” on Friday.
On the eve of the “Day of Good Governance,” “The Star Rating Protocol for Garbage-Free Cities” was released by the ministry as a significant waste management governance instrument.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi started the Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0 on October 1, 2021, with the goal of creating “Garbage-Free Cities” (GFC).
The action put India on a new development path toward a comprehensive sanitation and waste management ecosystem.
According to the Star Rating methodology, the goal is to make every urban local body at least 3-star Garbage Free.
Nearly half of ULBs (i.e., 2,238 cities) participated in the GFC certification exercise, with a total of 299 cities certified—9 cities rated 5-star, 143 cities rated 3-star, and 147 cities rated 1-star.
According to the official announcement, the procedure has undergone significant adjustments, including:
The previous 25 components/indications have been decreased to 24, with just 16 indicators being required at the 1-star and 3-star levels. The next eight indicators are aspirational in character and would be important to 5- and 7-star seekers.
The old GFC protocol’s multi-step calculation has been replaced with a one-step marking, making it easier for ULB to evaluate themselves for applying.
The updated approach is aligned with SBM-U 2.0 goals, with Door-to-Door Collection, Source Segregation, Waste Processing, and Dumpsite Remediation receiving greater weightages (50%).
The whole process of applying for certification and subsequent evaluation has been simplified and made entirely digital and paperless, including digital declarations, geo-tagged waste-processing facilities, and end-to-end digital progress tracking.
To encourage towns to develop an ecosystem to enhance the waste management system, new components related to IEC, capacity building, and money from the sale of waste by-products have been included.
Assessments are conducted throughout the year to assist cities in planning assessments.
Durga Shanker Mishra, who spoke on the occasion, said that the goal of developing the toolkit was to make things simple and easy to grasp while maintaining the stringency of the criteria.
He urged all cities to take part in the grading process and make the necessary preparations.
The Secretary also urged city officials and public officials to include a huge number of people in this goal and to ramp up IEC efforts, especially in local languages and dialects.