Demonetisation: Hunt for cash at ATMs continues in Delhi-NCR
People in several parts of Delhi-NCR on Wednesday went around looking for functional ATMs, or waiting in queues before the ones dispensing cash, as the cash machines continued to perform below the official claims.
Almost all the ATMs visited by the correspondent in Mandavali, Lakshmi Nagar and Mother Dairy areas in East Delhi wore a forlorn look and failed to cough up any cash.
However, a couple of them did dispense cash in Mayur Vihar and Patparganj area.
In Yusuf Sarai area of South Delhi, ATMs of HDFC Bank and Axis Bank were found to be without cash. The cash machines of several other banks were also either non-functional or without cash. The situation was much worse in Noida Sector-16, where out of seven ATMs that were covered, only SBI’s had cash and around 20 people queued up before it. The ATMs of IndusInd Bank, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, Punjab National Bank, ICICI Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank stood like show pieces — either out of service or without cash.
A similar scenario was witnessed at Noida Sector 62, where none of the ATMs was found to be working. “I have visited at least five-six ATMs and none had cash. I’ll have to manage money again from bank this month,” Sagar Arora, a manager at an insurance company there, said. It is over four days now since the 50-day period asked for by PM Narendra Modi for things to become normal got over, but the situation is yet to become normal.
Woman strips infront of RBI
Post demonetisation, several people were seen standing in serpentine queues, some applauding the move, while others venting their ire and even shedding tears. However, in a first of it’s kind a middle-aged woman stripped herself outside the RBI office as she was unable to exchange her soiled notes. The police had tried to intervene as they tried to board her onto a PCR van. But she managed to wrest free of their grasp and went on to strip in front of a massive crowd.
The woman has been identified as a domestic help, had come along with her five-year-old boy outside the RBI office on Wednesday morning. She wanted to exchange her old notes of Rs 50 and 100. When she was denied the exchange, she was asked to show a proof of identity.
She had none and was later pacified and taken to meet the RBI officials, who told her that her notes were soiled and could not be taken. She was then taken to Parliament Street police station and later released. She was taken to her residence in Nangloi by a woman constable to deter her from doing something similar.