Rajkot and Surat are the only cities from Gujarat to figure in the Centre’s list of 5-star garbage-free cities. The others who made it to the list include Navi Mumbai, Indore, Mysore, and Ambikapur (Chhattisgarh). Ahmedabad, Bagasara, Gandhinagar, Jamnagar and Talala in Gujarat have got a three-star garbage free rating while Vadodara, Bhavnagar, Visavadar, Vyara has got just one-star rating.
The other cities that got a two-star rating include Karnal, Chandigarh, New Delhi, Bhilai Nagar, Tirupati and Vijayawada. Delhi Cantonment and Rohtak are the other cities in one-star rating. In all 1,435 cities were rated of which 65 cities got three-star while 70 got one-star rating.
Announcing the results, minister for housing and urban affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri credited the role that Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban had played in ensuring better cleanliness and sanitation in urban areas of the country.
The star rating for cities on garbage management was launched by the Centre in January 2018 and the ratings take into consideration plastic waste management, cleanliness of water bodies and management of construction & demolition waste. Apart from the star rating, the Centre also ranks cities in India on the basis of a yearly cleanliness survey – Swachh Survekshan for urban India.