The sudden declaration of a holiday on Monday by the Noida Authority only added to the woes and chaos among people trying to withdraw cash from banks. With all the banks and attached ATMs in Noida suddenly shut on Monday with notices pasted outside saying “Banks to remain closed on 6 December” and no advance information, visitors to the bank got a big shock.
“The announcement was made last last night that a holdiday has been declared in Uttar Pradesh. Schools are also shut due to observance of Ambedkar Mahaparinirvan Diwas and we got information only in the morning. In fact I was on my way to drop my child in school and learnt about the holiday. But they should have kept the banks open keeping in view the cash crunch,” said Garima Kalra, who dropped in at a bank. While the demonetisation scheme has already crippled normal lives of people especially the middle and lower class section of society, closure of banks only worsened the situation today with many rushing towards Delhi to try and get hold of cash. Charu, 24-year-old resident of Noida, who came to Axis Bank at Sector 16, Noida, said, “I came here to draw cash to pay my fees for the institute. I requested the institute to take a cheque but they refused to take it. Thus I need to get cash anyhow today, otherwise they will impose penalty”.
Another woman, Sapna Goyal, who rushed to Central Bank in Noida said, “Due to cash crunch I have not paid my domestic help yet and the newspaper hawker. Also, other bills like cable and my kids’ tuition fee is due. I had promised to pay the tutor today. But with no cash I will travel to Delhi near Mayur Vihar to get cash.” In Delhi too, however, at New Ashok Nagar, every single ATM was closed. “Not a single ATM is working in our locality. How long will this chaos continue? Though we have four ATMs in our area all are useless. At least the government should start working now,” said Lalit Bisht, a resident.