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Plan of Action: Street Vending Zones

The research project would look into:
1. Classification of vending zone: The principles of classifying an area into one of the three categories of vending zones- No vending, Restricted vending and No restrictions vending zone.

2. Framework of regulations and facilitations for operating within a vending zone: The principles to decide the: Holding Capacity of the vending zone and entry norms, management of the zone and the organization structure, The infrastructure required and recommendations for its provision. (Management of no-vending zone like regulation and manner of eviction if any street vendor is found operating there, is not a part of the research)

Secondary Research:- Studying the models of street markets across the world for ascertaining the best practices. Recommendations for each of the above.
Primary Research:- Studying the informal vendors’ markets and the formal, NGO-run vendors’ markets in Delhi to determine the following: Which practices in operation are successful? The stakeholders’ view on the recommendations from other markets; which would not work and why. What do the vendors’ want? The regulations and the facilitations they need. Can vendor markets be localy/self managed

Research Question
What are the appropriate principles forclassifying vending zones into ‘restriction-free vending zone’, ‘restricted-vending zone’ and ‘no-vending zone’? What are the best models for setting up and operating a vending zone?

Plan of Action

Week 1:
1. Background Research Review of the Street Vendors’ Act 2014 and newspaper articles on the issue to get an idea of the exact provisions and loopholes.
2. Review of the extent of data available online on the Indian street vendors’ markets.
3. Visit to one of the informal street vendors’ markets for understanding the structure and requirements.

Week 2:
1. Review of practices in organized street vendors’ markets in Bhubaneshwar and others in India.
2. Review of street market models across the world.
3. Visit to Sewa Nagar Market (organized by Manushi) and to the vendors’ organized by SEWA to know which practices work and the challenges.
4. Identify the factors relevant for classification and also the various models of operations.

Week 3:
1. Visit to weekly and to night markets.
2. Analyze the significance of each factor identified.
3. Work on the Mid-Internship Presentation

Week 4:
1.Draw up a draft recommendation for categorization and management of the vending zone.
2. Send the recommendation for review to Internship Guide, Director and those identified during the course of the research.
3. Prepare the draft research paper and forward.

Week 5: Work on the final paper based on reviews and then the Presentation.