Pune: The State government has given directives to all cities to declare their rank with star rating in making a clean and garbage-free city. Under this, civic bodies have to declare their star rating from 1 to 7. The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has fixed it in second-star rating on the mentioned ten different criteria.
On Saturday, Maharashtra Urban Development Department had issued an order that under mission mode, the State has already started a campaign of open defecation free (ODF) and clean cities. The government has already declared cities ODF and now they have targeted to make cities clean.
Government has set ten criteria such as - door-to-door waste collection, segregation at source, sweeping of public, commercial and residential areas (no visible eyesores on streets) and cleaning of storm drains and surface of water bodies.
Other criteria are waste storage bins, litter bins and material recovery facility, bulk waste generators and residential association’s compliance, scientific waste processing, landfilling and construction and debris waste, fees, penalties, spot fines for littering and enforcement of ban on thin plastic, citizen grievance redressal and feedback system, eradication of crude dumping of garbage and dump remediation, waste reduction - application of 3Rs - reduce, reuse and recycle principles in solid waste management and beautification of city.
The State government will evaluate the claims of cities for first, second and fourth-star rating and declare their ratings after verification by third-party audit. While the Union government will evaluate claims for third, fifth, sixth and seven star rating through a third-party audit. All ratings will be applicable for only one year. Next year, cities will have to declare their ratings afresh.
Suresh Jagtap, Head of PMC Solid Waste Management Department, said, “Cities have to send a proposal with self-declaration of their ratings, which will be cross verified by the third party of State and Union governments. According to our self-evaluation, Pune city is falling in second-star rating. Within one month, we will send our proposal to the State government to give us a second-star rating.”