We propose the following suggestions and objections to the Draft Development Plan keeping in mind the specific needs of street vendors in Mumbai.
1. The Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending Act (PLRSV) of 2014 requires the Development Plan to reflect vending zones based on a “plan for street vending” prepared by the local authority.
2. Only few of the existing “natural markets” were mapped by the MCGM in the Existing Land Use (ELU) maps. These maps must be updated to show all “natural markets”
3. The Development Plan report must include data on street vendors based on surveys undertaken by the town vending committee, the MCGM and comparative studies by other organizations.
4. The Development Plan should formulate spatial planning norms as required by the PLRSV, and the method must be explained in the Development Plan report.
5. The spatial planning norms must be based on existing usage patterns and needs. Based on a TISS & YUVA survey, a norm of 2.2 square meters per vendor was suggested to the MCGM during the stakeholder consultations.
6. Proposed Land Use plans must designate all streets with “natural markets” as “market streets” and provide “vending friendly pavements” on all of them. These streets must be equipped with support infrastructure for street vending.
7. Guidelines for “vending friendly pavements” with sectional views showing pedestrian paths, vending areas, carrigeways, etc. must be shown for different street widths in the DCR manual.
8. In addition, the PLU must designate vending zones based on the planning norms such that all existing street vendors and up to two and a half percent of the population of every scale of planning unit must planned for and accommodated within it.
9. The PLRSV requires the planning authority to plan for (according to the city’s projected population of 13.95 million in 2034) at least 311,059 street vendors.
10. Two and a half percent of the population of the planning sector, the adminstrative ward and the city as a whole must be planned for at each of these scales.
11. The “radar diagrams” that the Development Plan uses as a tool to evaluate shortfalls for amenities and other provisions must also include “areas for street vending” as a parameter.
12. Support infrastructure such as public toilets, resting rooms, storage areas, drinking water facilities, waste disposal, etc. for street vending must be provided on all market streets and close to all vending zones. These must be shown in the PLU
13. All connector streets near major transit nodes must be declared as market streets and vending friendly pavements must be provided for them.
14. For women vendors, changing rooms and creches must be provided at walking distances from every market street or vending zone.
15. Bicycle parking areas must be provided at walking distances from vending zones and market streets
16. Identify and allot areas for weekly markets according to the National Building Code (NBCI) norms of 1-2 areas of 400 square meters for every planning sector, that can accommodate at least 300-400 vendors.