Many residents living near banks turned Good Samaritans on Tuesday. They offered water, tea, juice and biscuits to those standing in queues outside banks.
The gesture was witnessed outside various bank branches — at Navyug Market, Shastri Nagar, Nehru Nagar, Raj Nagar and Vijay Nagar.
Many associations had also prepared tea in the morning and also offered eatables to those waiting in lines.
“Many people have come to banks without having breakfast and may not have the luxury of moving out of the queue to have food. So, we came out to help them and offered refreshments,” Samar Arshad Khan, president of Rotaract Club of Kaushambi, said.
“Several volunteers also joined us in the cause,” Khan said.
They said that they will continue to offer refreshments till queues outside banks continue.
“Those waiting in lines include women, many of whom have brought their children along, and senior citizens. The distribution of snacks is to help them out,” VK Agarwal of ‘Parmarth Samiti’ said.
Those waiting in lines appreciated the efforts and said that the gesture eased their problems. “I arrived here at 10.30am and stood in the queue till 3pm. There was no water available and I could not move out of the queue to get food either. Then, some volunteers offered me tea and water. This lessened our hardship to an extent,” Anju, a law student and resident of Patel Nagar, said.
Seeing the efforts of the associations, many residents also joined in distributing snacks and tea.
“The efforts of those distributing water, tea and snacks moved me and I also joined them,” Kanika Kapoor, of Govindpuram, said.
She said, “Women and children were in dire need of water, which is not generally available in the vicinity of the banks. They cannot move out of the queue as there were no tokens issued by banks.”
Some other groups had also set up tents and prepared tea in bulk to help out a large number of customers waiting in queues outside banks.
They continued to help customers till the banks closed