The second-coldest inhabited place in the world, Drass town in Jammu and Kashmir, got its first automated-teller machine (ATM) on Wednesday.
The ATM has been installed on the Srinagar-Kargil-Leh highway passing through the town by state-owned Jammu and Kashmir Bank. The outlet was inaugurated by the bank's executive president, Tafazal Hussain."Our expansion plan is focused on delivering banking services at people's doorstep regardless of where they stay," Hussain said.
He said the bank will be opening more such branches and ATMs in the Ladakh zone in the coming months. After Siberia, Drass with temperatures dropping to -35°C in the winters is known to be the second-coldest inhabited place in the world. The town served as the base camp for the Indian Army during the Kargil war in 1999.