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Chandigarh MC aims to achieve 5-star rating in Centre’s waste management scheme

The agenda will be tabled at the next House meeting in September.

punjab Updated: Aug 28, 2018 12:45 IST
Vivek Gupta
Vivek Gupta
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Chandigarh,Chandigarh MC,Chandigarh municipal corporation
Mayor Davesh Moudgil and MC commissioner KK Yadav during a meeting in the MC office in Sector 17 on Monday.(HT Photo)

The Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC) has decided to go for five-star rating in the Centre’s new system devised to improve waste management in the civic bodies across the country.

The agenda will be tabled at the next House meeting in September. All the councillors will have to submit the status of the waste management in their wards before third party audit and the status is submitted to the Central government.

But at the moment, city’s existing garbage handling infrastructure and waste collection practices are not adequate even for a single star rating.

Necessary conditions, which are required before a city is given star rating, were shared with all the councillors and resident welfare associations and their cooperation was sought during a workshop at the municipal corporation’s office in Sector 17 on Monday.

A closer scan of these conditions reveal that Chandigarh needs a near perfection in 10 parameters to get five star rating. These parameters focus on segregated waste collection, scientific waste processing, robust citizen redressal system, clean drains and water bodies, besides use of recycled waste.

Compliance of these parameters differ with every star rating. For instance, if the city wants to achieve single star, at least 25% households in the city should go for waste segregation but 100% waste segregation is required if city applies for five star rating.

Similarly other parameters and their compliance vary as per the star rating of the system.

Municipal corporation commissioner KK Yadav also assured that they will bring the required infrastructure to achieve higher standard of star rating. Yadav said achieving a good star rating is not the civic body’s ultimate goal as a long-lasting solutions to addressing waste should be the focus.

These parameters are just a road map to improve internal system and pave way for a better future to the city residents, he said.

Why star rating is vital?

The Centre has allocated 25% marks in next year’s Swachh Survekshan to the star rating. Now if the municipal corporation wants to achieve top ranking, it is important to get a higher star rating. The city was third in this year survey.

First Published: Aug 28, 2018 12:43 IST