No cash in ATMs, misery continues for common man
Impatience, disappointment and anger prevailed as people in the national Capital continued to face hardships in exchanging demonetised currency notes and withdrawing money two weeks after the Centre announced demonetisation of high-value currencies, with many ATM machines still unable to dispense cash.
On Saturday and Sunday, banks were closed and the ATMs were empty too.
Meanwhile, Reserve Bank of India Governor issued a statement on Sunday stating that the RBI is monitoring the situation on a daily basis and taking all necessary actions to “ease genuine pain of citizens with a clear intent to normalise things as early as people.”
ATMs of ICICI Bank are in a very poor condition with every prominent branch, even at Connaught Place, witnessing huge queues with no cash to disburse among customers.
At a local shopping centre in New Friends Colony, Punjab National Bank ATMs were shut and shutters of Canara Bank ATMs were also down.
Many of the ATMs were not operating properly despite the announcements made by the Centre to take measures to normalise situation.
However, people returned empty-handed after waiting for hours as they were told by security guards that the ATMs have not been stocked up with cash.
“It would be an upheaval task for me to continuously stand in a queue for several hours. I found several ATMs shut and I had to borrow money from my neighbours,” said Sunita Das, a homemaker.
“I had woken up at 4 am hoping that I would be able to withdraw money from the ATM located nearby but I was in for a rude shock as I found that the ATM didn’t have any cash,” said IT professional Sukesh Jain.