Long queues were witnessed outside banks and ATMs in Bhopal on Friday. However, many people were unable to withdraw money as many ATMs either remained closed or ran out of cash.
Residents continued to go to the banks to exchange and deposit old notes.
Many customers, especially from the poor sections, faced inconvenience as they were not clear on how to fill up the forms or other details under the demonetisation process.
Rush was also witnessed as many were not aware that the banks will remain open on Saturday and Sunday also. Areas like MP Nagar, Arera Colony, TT Nagar and Old City saw hundreds standing in queues.
“I went to the PNB ATM three times since morning. But it did not open. The guard there had no idea when it will start dispensing cash. I just have Rs 70 left. On Thursday, I had to buy vegetables from the super market using my debit card,” said Rahul Kumar Sharma from Arera Colony.
Many customers who failed to exchange or deposit money on Thursday returned on Friday. “I thought today there will some relief from the rush but it was more crowded. I had to wait for over an hour in the line to exchange notes,” said KM Dixit, a senior citizen from Bittan Market.
Bank officials also had a tough time managing the rush.
A senior bank official of Dena Bank, MP Nagar branch, said, “People are exchanging as well as depositing money. There is no shortage of notes as of now. We have got the new 2,000 rupee notes as well, along with the 50 and 100 notes. Even though the crowd is huge, we are managing well. We don’t people to face any difficulty.”
Even though many people had little cash and were facing inconvenience, they were happy with the government’s decision and lauded Narendra Modi for the bold move.
“I am happy that this decision will flush out black money from the houses of the corrupt. We will face some difficulty for a few days, but it does not matter,” said Dheerendra Tiwari from New Market area.
Villagers loot PDS shop in Chhatarpur village
Angry over a public distribution system (PDS) shop salesman’s refusal to accept Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currencies, a group of villagers allegedly looted the shop in Bardua village, under in Chhatarpur district on Friday. Police said a horde of villagers turned up at the shop to buy food grains. When Munnilal Ahirwar refused to accept the demonetised currencies, an altercation ensued, following which the villagers barged into the shop and looted sacks of wheat, rice and sugar.
Ahirwar blamed village sarchpanch Nonhelal Patel for the incident. Patel said Ahirwar had been misappropriating rations for long.
(With inputs from Anupam Pateriya, Sagar)