With the deadline for using recalled banknotes at petrol pumps coming to an end on Thursday midnight, people queued up in large numbers at fuel stations in Chandigarh, while moderate rush was seen in Panchkula and SAS Nagar.
However, by the evening, the government announced that petrol pumps and LPG stations will continue to accept old Rs 500 notes till December 15. But they will not accept old Rs 1,000 notes anymore.
“The rush was comparatively more today as compared to the last few days. But it was not maddening as it was on November 9,” said an official of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) petrol pump in Chandigarh.
“I had my last Rs 1,000 banknote left and I used it today by filling petrol in my car. I am feeling relieved,” said Kanika Das at a petrol pump in Chandigarh.
“The rush is more than the normal at our petrol pump today. But there was no panic as was the case earlier,” said Bhagwan Dass Mittal, owner of Old Panchkula petrol pump near Suraj Theatre.
“People are coming with invalidated Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes to get fuel,” said Sohan Lal of Phase 3-A petrol pump in SAS Nagar.
“There was rush in the morning,” said Praveen Kumar, owner of Petrol Connect pump at Sector 3, Mansa Devi Complex. He said they were accepting Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes but the problem was of returning change.