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Demonetisation: Long queues to deposit, withdraw cash continue

Some residents complained that though cashless transactions are useful, local shops and hawkers don’t have, or can’t make provisions for these facilities

mumbai Updated: Dec 01, 2016 13:29 IST
Akash Sakaria
People queue up outside HDFC bank in Goregaon (East) on Thursday.
People queue up outside HDFC bank in Goregaon (East) on Thursday.(Pratham Gokhale)

In a repeat telecast of yesterday, there was no respite for people even on Thursday as they continued to wait in long queues to deposit and withdraw their salaries.

“My family lives on my salary alone. If I don’t give them money on time, what will happen to them?” said Jatin Shah, an office-goer, awaiting his turn outside a Borivli bank.

An ATM in Vile Parle that ran out of cash on Thursday. (Satish Bate/HT)

“Why are we earning money? And for what? To stand in queues for our own cash, which they will give at their own leisure?” he added.

Some residents complained that though cashless transactions are useful, local shops and hawkers don’t have, or can’t make provisions for such facilities.

The queue outside ICICI bank in Currey Road on Thursday. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT)

“The local vegetable vendors and store owners neither have card machines nor facilities for cashless transactions. We have to withdraw money to buy such items as those are the most basic needs,” said Shruti Gala, a Borivli resident waiting outside a bank branch.

“There has been such a furore and it seems like an eternity has passed, but there is still a month to go. These two months have easily been my most difficult period of my life,” said Pramod Salvi, who retired two months ago.

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