Massive crowd outside Banks, ATMs on third day


New Delhi, Nov 12:  People in large number are waiting for hours outside banks and ATMs to deposit and exchange scrapped notes on Saturday.

On the third day of exchanging currency, People started forming queues before opening of banks.


There is a anxiety and a sullen sense of anger amongst people in the winding queues who are waiting for hours leaving their jobs and work aside.

In Delhi’s Saket area, a long queue was seen outside all state-run and private banks with people desperate to get in.

The  second Saturday is a holiday for most banks, but all banks in the country will remain open on Saturday and Sunday as per government’s direction.

Bank of India, HDFC Bank, Yes Bank, Bank of Baroda, Axis Bank, ICICI, Standard Chartered, Kotak Mahindra… the crowds were the same everywhere.

Although orderly, the long queues spilled on to the roads, creating traffic bottlenecks.


“This is a complete mess,” rued Shankar, a Saket resident. “At this rate how will any of us even get into the bank and when?”

All ATMs were non-functional, with printed notices saying they had no cash.

Autorickshaw driver Babuddin said the situation is similar in all the areas neighbouring Saket.

“Some queues are two kilometres long,” he said. “I can’t imagine when the people at the end of the queue will be able to enter the bank.”


It is a matter of concern, as the bold decision of centre has forced even the elderly people to stand in queues for hours to get the exchanged currency.

Saturday is the third day of the opening of banks across the country following a day’s closure after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Tuesday night that 500 and 1,000 rupee notes would no more be legal tender.

Taken aback by the mass crisis, the government have extended till November 14 midnight the original 72-hour deadline to deposit or exchange the spiked currency.

 Wefornews Bureau

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