T Nagar Case Sudy

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Topics: Chennai, Urban area
TARAMANI THUNDERS

Integrating Street Hawkers into the urban ecology- The Case of T. Nagar, Chennai
Anand Raj Irene Baby R. C. Sudheesh Uttara Narayan Vishnu Prasad

The Problem
• T. Nagar- quagmire of vendors, pedestrians, vehicles • Street vendors perceived as primary cause of bottleneck • Policy interventions lack implementation

Who are the Stakeholders?

Retailers

Motorists

Residents

Street Vendors

Pedestrians

Corporation

Street Vendors
Economic
Social

Legal Rights

Rent Seeking

Infrastructure

Why getting rid of hawkers is NOT the solution
Economic contribution
• Support the urban poor • Invisible supply & marketing backbone

Hawkers’ Complex
• Kanagarajan Committee Report, 2003

Natural Surveillance Systems
• Enhances street safety (Jane Jacobs)

Temporary solution
• Mere shifting of problem

How to Design the Solution?
T. NAGAR

Feeder buses within nonmotorised area

Declare T. Nagar a non-motorised zone

Enhance pedestrian mobility Identify potential commercial hubs across city to decongest T. Nagar

What policy interventions could be made?
• Effective licensing • Co-operation from City Police • Access to health care

• Interdependence with other stakeholders • Interrelated economies of hawkers and public transportation

Phase

Action

Data required

Stakeholders

Constraints

I

Survey, Mapping, Publicity and Proving Credibility

BLD on hawkers in T. Nagar, distribution and density. CBA of recommendations

Hawkers, Corporation

-

II

Implementation

Non-motorization, feeder buses, parking complexes, shelter for vendors. Will be implemented in sub-phases

Pedestrians, Motorists, Hawkers, Corporation

Interim costs, opportunity costs, time

III

Sustainability

Institutional reform: unions, licensing, town vending committees.
Development of commercial zones

Hawkers, Corporation, City Police

Absence of legal impetus

Food for Thought



References: 7. Bhowmik Sharit. Urban Responses to Street Trading: India. 8. Study of Street Vendors in Mumbai, Report of the study conducted by SNDT Women’s University and International Labour Organisation. 9. Xavier Goddard and Innocent Fatonzoun. Urban Mobility for all- Lisse, The Netherlands. CADOTOU Foundation, 2002. 10. Keerthana R. Public Facilities Yet To Take Off. The Hindu. 17th July 2011. 11. Srivathsan A. What Committees Say About Hawkers. The Hindu. 29th July 2008. 12. Srivathsan A. Usman Road costliest stretch in Chennai. December 5, 2006. 13. Pondy Bazaar commercial complex to be ready in April. The Hindu. February 12, 2010. 14. Will vendors ' relocation change T. Nagar? The Hindu. 20th Sept 2010. 15. Something hawkish about it all. The Hindu. July 28, 2008. 16. Hawkers back on Anna Salai. The Hindu. September 4, 2011.

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