Mumbai, November 22: The BMC has failed to secure a three-star rating in the 2019 Swachh Survekshan survey and has slipped to the 49th place this year. According to a Times of India report, BMC has, however, decided to apply for a five-star rating in 2020. The three-star rating was refused to the civic body citing BMC's failure to comply with the user fee criterion as one of the main reasons.
In order to get a three-star rating, the BMC had to show 100 percent door-to-door garbage collection, 80 percent waste segregation at source and 75 percent waste processing. Now if BMC is planning to get a higher rating, it has to implement some tough decisions like imposing a total plastic ban, regular sweeping, and finally segregating waste at source, at all the premises. Swachh Bharat Milestone on Gandhi Jayanti 2019: Google Maps Lists 57,000 Public Toilets In Over 2,300 Cities Across India.
Last year, the Swachh Bharat Mission director had categorically informed that charges for solid waste management should be maintained under a separate accounting head for BMC to get their three-star rating. However, the BMC didn't want to put an undue burden on the residents. This year, the BMC has decided to allocate 20 percent of its general tax component for solid waste management.
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