Property Rights of Street Vendors

Street vendors’ rights to carry on their trade in public spaces have been the subject matter of debate and discussion in India for a very long time. In fact, it has taken numerous judgments of the Supreme Court and High Court to recognize their rights and shape up a statutory regime. This scenario raises an important question, as to what is the kind of property rights enjoyed by these street vendors. A study was undertaken to analyse this aspect and answer some key questions pertaining to the gradual changes that occurred in the overall concept of property rights in India.