The History of the Sewa Nagar Pilot Project

Criminal Mafias Sabotage Model Market for Street Vendors


As per the Ministry of Urban Development, nearly 10 million persons earn their livelihood in India from street vending. It is estimated that 2.5% of the urban population is engaged in street vending. Accordingly, Delhi alone uses the services of at least 4,50,000 street vendors. But less than 3000 persons (less than 1%) have managed to secure vending licenses from the MCD and that too after prolonged legal battles in the High Court and the Supreme Court of Delhi. The situation is no different in other urban centres of India. The illegal status of vendors makes them easy targets of extortionist mafias. In Delhi alone, vendors end up suffering an income loss of at least Rs 500 crores per year by way of bribes and confiscation of goods while being routinely subjected to systematic blackmail, terror and human rights abuses.

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Street Vendors (Livelihood) Protection Authority

Plan of Action Submitted to MCD Special Committee for Reforming Vendor Policy


Street vendors in India provide a vital link between the producer and the consumer, connecting the two in highly innovative, cost efficient ways– keeping in view regional specificities as well as varied requirements of people during different seasons, festivals as well as time of the day or night. As per the National Policy for Street Vendors, nearly 2.5% of urban population is involved in street vending and hawking. This means this occupation provides livelihood to nearly one crore persons in India. With an average of four dependents per vendor, the survival of five crore people is dependent on street trading. Calculated at an average daily turnover of Rs 1100 per day per vendor, the total turnover of one crore street vendors in India would be a whopping Rs 1100 crores per day.

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