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Types of goods: permitted and prohibited for selling by hawkers  

i)                     If public streets and pavements are to be used by hawkers for their trade, this is then only for the sale of convenience goods. The Supreme Court states that :

a) “Vending of costly items such as electrical appliance, video and audiotapes was not to be allowed. It was observed that ordinarily hawkers are only supposed to deal with articles of immediate requirement and/or `convenience shopping.”

b) “the small trader on the sidewalks can considerably add to the comfort and convenience of general public, by making available ordinary articles of everyday use for a comparatively lesser price."

ii)                   Based on the above, the following categories are recommended for goods that are sold by hawkers:  

Category A) – convenience goods that will be permitted in hawking zones – these are all items or services that are required on daily basis, by people, on their way to and from their home and workplace. 

Category B) – Other goods – that will be permitted to be sold by roving hawkers and in hawking plazas – these are all items or services that are used by people, frequently, but not on an urgent basis; therefore, either the customer may go to the hawking plaza to avail of the goods / services as desired, or the hawker may roam from street to street to offer the same.  

Category C) Food items that require cooking: In the interests of safety and hygiene, cooking of food is prohibited on public streets and footpaths. Hence those hawkers cooking and selling food items (as listed) are recommended to integrate themselves with shops, establishments, co-operative societies, etc. where possible, while following all other relevant rules applicable. No licenses, either in hawking plazas or roving licenses will be given for cooking and selling food. 

Category D) Prohibited Goods: These goods are banned from being sold anywhere on the streets, pavements, hawking plazas, etc. as they do not fit into the category of “convenience” goods, or “essential and cheap goods/ services” that is the basic requirement for allowing hawkers.

Annexure 1: Types of goods: permitted and prohibited  

A) Convenience Goods


B) Examples of other Goods and services

C) Examples of Food items that require cooking (if pre-cooked then go into category B)

D) Examples of Prohibited Goods

1.      Vegetables

2.      Fruits

3.      Coconuts

4.      Bread and eggs

5.      Newspapers

6.      Flowers for puja / gajras

7.      Others as notified from time to time

A) Goods Vendors

1.      Foods: Ice-Cream / kulfi, Bhel / chaat items / chana, sugarcane, Roasted corn, Cut-fruits and vegetables, Sandwiches, juices / cold drinks / golas / lassi, packed or pre-cooked food / snacks / sweets / candy floss, etc.

2.      Paan / cigarette / bidis

3.      Fish

4.      Drinking water

5.      Books / Magazines

6.      Stationery Items

7.      Lottery tickets

8.      Plants and saplings

9.      Luggage / bags

10.  Leather items (belts, wallets, bags)

11.  Shoes / chappals

12.  Plastic goods / household goods

13.  Readymade garments

14.  Imitation jewellery

15.  Cosmetic items

16.  Cutlery / crockery

17.  Hardware Items

18.  Furniture Items

19.  Florists

20.  Pottery

21.  Amusement articles / toys / balloons

22.  Flags

23.  Rat poison

24.  Others as notified from time to time


B) Service providers:

1.      Cobbler

2.      shoe shine

3.      Raddi walas (paper, etc. recyclers)

4.      Typing / photocopying

5.      Photographers

6.      Umbrella / bag repair

7.      Mattress repair

8.      Plumbers / masons / carpenters

9.      Locksmith

10.  Blacksmith

11.  Jyotish walas

12.  Presswalas / laundry

13.  Barber / ear cleaner

14.  Others as notified from time to time


1.      Vada pav / Bhajiya

2.      Pavbhaji

3.      Chinese Food

4.      Biryani / rice / pulao

5.      Sheek kababs

6.      Frankies / roll

7.      Tandoori items

8.      Chicken stall

9.      Idli and dosas

10.  Full meal

11.  Tea stall

12.  Omlette / egg

13.  Others as notified from time to time


1.      Audio cassettes / CDs, etc (piracy laws)

2.      Matka Bookies (illegal activity)

3.      Electronic goods (grey market)

4.      Poultry vendors (under slaughter house laws)

5.      Fire crackers (fire safety laws – must be in designated and regulated areas only)

6.      Money changer

7.      Jari Buttiwala (prevention of quacks and black magic, etc)

8.      Others as notified from time to time


 i)                    Private transport booking stalls: will not be permitted on the pavements or public streets – and neither will this trade or business be feasible in the “roving” category of hawking. It is recommended that such stalls integrate themselves within the premises of existing shops and establishments in the locality that they operate in, as is the case for similar transport booking stalls in Pune city, near the railway station.


Readymade goods (shoes, clothes, handbags, etc.), etc. not to be permitted in hawking zones, despite the fact that they provide “cheap” alternatives to people, as hawkers are not paying any of the property prices, taxes or overheads that shopkeepers do, who are selling the same goods. Also this encourages the grey market and is thus a loss to the economy.

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