Residents of Narikurava colony in Lawspet staged a protest opposite the Collectorate in Saram demanding free electricity, improved street lighting and safe drinking water. According to protesters, the Narikurava community was promised free electricity, but the government has installed meters in their houses. Once the bills exceeded Rs. 5000, the connection was cut in 57 of the houses. The street lights in the locality, an unsafe area, do not work, they complained.
Also, the water that comes to their area was not potable, causing many to fall sick. They demanded the government to take steps to improve the water supply to the Narikurava colony. With no access routes to the colony, the Narikurava community also demanded public transport to their settlement. Even for medicine or supplies, they had to walk over 2 km, a protester said.
In terms of livelihood, the Narikurava people were initially selling jewellery and inflated toys on the beach. Unfortunately, because of miscreants they were forced to stop their sales after their products were vandalised. If the government could set up a small stall or set aside an area for them on the beachfront, their life would be much easier, the protesters said. Several political parties joined in during their protest.