The small kids running around at traffic signals of Ahmedabad enthusiastically all day, is a driving experience no one could over see. We tried to analyze their movement pattern and network chain to and from them. We spent two days running behind them and going up their supply chain to get to the bone of it. When we reached the end we realized it’s much more than what we assumed it to be.
Most of these people are migrants from relatively impoverished states such as Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh etc. They travel to Gujarat a few months each year to sell their goods and make money. According to them, Gujarat is a good place for such business and especially Ahmedabad is due to wealthy residence and lenient traffic rules and police. Most of them reside in a vicinity of about 200-300 meters from the traffic signals and move among two three of them through the day.
Most of these goods are bought at wholesale rates from two main suppliers in the old city near Teen Darwaja. Namely, Soni Brothers and Kadriyah Stores on a daily basis. They set the price usually about 200 percent more than what they are expecting out of a single unit. These stores in turn get their stock from other megacities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore etc. The stock is supplied to these cities via a strong road network from all the ports who receive their share from mainland China. While a lot of profit is added along the way, the end sellers, these kids at signals make the most money. Some goods are directly purchased from Delhi and Bangalore by these clans. And they make repeated trips to these cities everything the stock is low.