Chandigarh gets just 3 stars in Cen­tre’s garbage-free rating

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTCHANDIGA­RH - Vivek Gupta vivek.gupta@htlive.com

CHANDIGARH: Chandigarh’s waste man­age­ment sys­tem has got three stars in the lat­est garbage­free star rating re­leased for 141 cities by the cen­tral govern­ment on Tues­day. An ini­tia­tive of the Min­istry of Hous­ing and Ur­ban Af­fairs, a seven-star rating is the high­est, awarded to the city with a per­fect waste man­age­ment sys­tem.

The mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion (MC) was as­pir­ing for five-star rating this year and also plan­ning to achieve the high­est seven-star rating next year.

How­ever, Chandigarh fell short of the tar­get. While mayor Raj Bala Ma­lik said the three­star rating was an achieve­ment, MC leader of op­po­si­tion Devin­der Babla said, “MC must in­tro­spect why other cities not as or­gan­ised as Chandigarh fared well in the rat­ings. The de­lay in waste man­age­ment re­forms on the ground con­tinue to ruin city’s per­spec­tive in Swachh Survek­shan rank­ings,” he said

MC com­mis­sioner KK Ya­dav said, “While city was lag­ging be­hind in waste segregatio­n and pro­cess­ing, three-star can’t be un­der­rated when just six cities got five-star rating and none so far has been rated seven stars. We will def­i­nitely try to get bet­ter rating next year.”

POOR LAST YEAR TOO

The star rating, awarded on the ba­sis of 25 key pa­ram­e­ters across the solid waste man­age­ment spec­trum, helps cities as­sess their progress while en­cour­ag­ing them to move to­wards a bet­ter rating, thereby im­prov­ing their over­all clean­li­ness and aes­thet­ics.

How­ever, Chandigarh made lit­tle progress ever since rating be­gan in 2019, when it got only two stars. This time, it went one step up the lad­der but it is not enough es­pe­cially when star rating is now linked with the an­nual Swachh Survek­shan, with 1,000 (20%) marks re­served for bet­ter garbage-free star rating.

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