Navi Mumbai Is Now Among The Top 6 ‘5-Star Rated Garbage-Free Cities’ Of India

by Gizel Menezes
Navi Mumbai Is Now Among The Top 6 ‘5-Star Rated Garbage-Free Cities’ Of India

As per the 2020 Swachh Survey results, Navi Mumbai has made it to the top 6 five-star rated garbage-free cities of India. Isn’t that amazing news! Meanwhile, on the other side, aamchi Mumbai has got a ‘zero’ star rating!

A total of 1435 cities and urban local bodies had applied for ratings in the survey, out of which only 141 qualified and got one, three and five-star ratings! However, no city managed to get the most coveted 7-star rating.

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Navi Mumbai Among Top 6 Five Star Rated Cities In India

As per a Times of India report, the results of the Swachh Survey 2020 were declared on Tuesday by Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, in which our very own Navi Mumbai got a 5-star rating for its waste management mechanism, making it the only city in the whole of Maharashtra to get it twice in a row. Woot woot!

However, this is not something new. Navi Mumbai has been a consistent member in the list of clean cities in India. In fact, it ranked 7th in the 2019 edition of the Swachh Sarvekshan survey.

The other 5 cities in the top 6 five-star garbage-free cities are Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh, Rajkot in Gujarat, Surat in Gujarat, Mysore in Karnataka, and Indore in Madhya Pradesh.

Talking about Maharashtra, 34 of Maharashtra’s cities including Chandrapur, Dhule, Jalgaon, Jalna, Thane and Mira-Bhayandar received the 3-star rating, while 41 cities including Ahmednagar, Akola, Nashik, Vasai-Virar and Kalyan-Dombivili were rated 1-star. But Mumbai apparently failed to meet any criteria this year and hence was rated zero.

Image Courtesy: Economic Times

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Tough Criteria For Achieving A 5-Star Rating

Getting a 5-star rating is not an easy task though. Criteria for it include segregation of waste at source, door-to-door collection of solid waste in 100% of the households, sweeping of all public, commercial areas and residential areas daily, placing waste bins in strategic locations, as well as collection of user charges from all households and premises in the city. Phew! That seems like a mammoth task, doesn’t it?

But Navi Mumbai seems to have achieved all of it and has been honored with the coveted 5-star rating. However, the city plans to seek a 7-star rating for the next year as it plans to build a system for reusing recycled water! Pretty cool we must say!

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