Amaravati: Tirupati and Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh have been certified as three-star cities by the ministry of housing and urban affairs in its assessment of garbage-free cities.
The minister of state in-charge of urban affairs, Hardeep S. Puri, said, "We have devised a star rating protocol for garbage-free cities. Every ward in a city must achieve a certain standard across 24 components of solid waste management. These cities are graded based on overall marks received."
The ministry said a special micro-credit facility for the street vendors is being launched to support nearly 50 lakh vendors and affordable rental housing complex for urban migrants is also being launched.