ATMs run dry with long lines outside banks after days of bank strike


Lucknow: The two day bank strike to up the ante against the alleged privatization of Private sector banks virtually brought banking on its knees. With banks shut and ATMs running dry the people in need of urgent cash were left in the lurch. Many despite running pillar to post were unable to ensure cash dispursal which affected their day to day functioning. Over 400 ATMs of public sector banks were running short of cash. Customers also faced technical glitches at places which further trebled the problem. Many had to visit multiple ATMs but to no avail.

Consumers at Allahabad Bank located on Kalyanpur Ring Road said that there are five ATMs, mostly without cash. Only one HDFC ATM had cash, which had a long line in anticipation of withdrawal. Similarly all ATMs in Nishatganj area were emptied. It also included ATMs of private banks. People had to run to New Hyderabad, Mahanagar, Nishatganj to withdraw the money and finally had to return home disappointed. Similarly, most of the ATMs of government banks in Indiranagar, Gomtinagar, Chinhat, Mahanagar, Aliganj, Sitapur Road, Daliganj, Chowk, Aminabad, Old Town Chowpatia, Rajajipuram, Thakurganj, Kanpur Road and Alambagh, Aashiana ran dry. Head of the Forum of United Bank Unions, Anil Tiwari, media in-charge of the Forum of United Bank Unions has been quoted saying there are 990 ATMs of state-run banks, 50 percent of which are empty. The reason for this was that there was no delivery of money in the ATM due to the strike and the weekend closure. Some ATMs remained closed due to technical flaws.

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