The average width of a kiosk selling stuff on the road is as wide as an arm span. That is what it needs to take your khokha (shanty shop) and run when the municipal corporation comes on its “inspection” to remove the illegal entrepreneurs off the pavements and roads. They dive into the nearby residential areas with their khokhas, leave them in friendly homes and then put them right back where they were, after the usual bribes have been paid to the police and the municipal corporation.
The Indian state has crushed enterprise for decades by its rent seeking on account of a labyrinth of rules that nobody really understands. The story of the Indian IT industry that boomed in the 1990s was just this—the babus simply did not “get” technology and by the time they got to know the industry was a well-established tax-paying success.