Almost always, the business activity stretches beyond the stall onto the open space available just outside. Either a wooden counter or table is pulled out every morning when the shop opens or a raised platform in concrete exists that serves as an extension to the stall. So, the space requirement for the business activity is very flexible and always more than the 6’-0”x 6’-0” kiosk.
It helps if the municipal authorities survey well the physical aspects of already existing petty trades such as spatial requirements, low-cost construction materials, and the unconventional servicing and infrastructural facilities in use. In the end, the designed space and shelter must be priced correctly.
For a Municipal authority to be able to administer the city well, it must know more about :
- What kind of petty trades exist
- How does the city’s sanitation or traffic (both pedestrian and vehicular) get affected with an increase in the number of petty traders.
- Which locations are preferred for what kind of trade
- What distances are people willing to walk to reach a kiosk
- Government schemes that aid them or that are a deterrent in their development