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Dry ATMs add to Okhla residents’ woes

Even after 28 days since the imposition of notes ban in India, residents continue to battle long queues outside ATMs and banks in Okhla and other parts of the country.

People, who got up early on Monday with hope that things would improve, were deeply upset to see long queues at ATMs. Moreover, dry ATMs made things extremely difficult for them.

A resident said he got up early morning and moved around to see empty ATMs to withdraw money but with little success as many in the locality were short of cash.

To make things easier for them many residents don’t sleep at night and roam around to see whether ATMs have cash. The perception among several youngsters in the locality is that at night or early morning the lines are not so long. But all ATMs are not replenished at night times. It is common to see people in lines outside two ATMs located on Jamia campus.

Many residents lamented that they have to stand in long queues for hours to get money. A resident said he stood in line for more than four hours to withdraw Rs 2,000 from cash. He said he was lucky as there are many who return home empty hand. Despite all the hardship, residents hope that things might improve in coming days.

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