The restoration of ATM services after demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes has lead to heavy inconvenience and discomfort to the public. Long queues and ATM machines drying up easily has created chaotic scenes considering a heavy footfall. The banks have announced a slew of measures, including extension of banking hours, doing away with ATM charges and expanding credit limits, but all arrangements are seeming not enough.
In Patna, Long queues were seen outside banks since 2am on Sunday in order exchange defunct old notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denominations for valid notes.
In Mumbai, several people complained that most of the ATMs were not functioning properly in South Mumbai including, in areas of Lalbaugh, Worli, Kurla, Mahim, Parel and Dadar. Similar was the case in some localities of suburban Andheri, Ghatkopar, Vikhroli and Borivali, forcing people to return empty-handed.
In Hyderabad, the weekend saw even more rush and chaos outside bank branches and ATMs with cash-strapped people struggling to buy even daily items.
In Chennai,a large number of people queued up at ATMs to procure Rs 100 bills and new currency notes across the city, even as some of them were shut down after being short on cash.
In Kolkata, the decision (to scrap Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 bills) has come down hard on the service class, who usually withdraw money from banks or ATM between 1st to 8th of every month.
In Jaipur, People are seen standing in heat in long queues for hours outside bank branch as ATMs are empty in most of the ATMs around the city.
In Bengaluru, People waited outside banks since wee hours on Sunday and complained that banks open only for limited hours and do not carry enough cash for exchange.