Gurgaon district authorities, bankers, as well as residents who expected the confusion resulting from demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes to clear up with ATMs resuming operations Friday, were disappointed when most machines ran out of cash within a couple of hours.
“I waited in the queue outside the SBI ATM in Sector 31 for over an hour and still went home empty-handed because the machine ran out of cash by noon,” said Shalini Sehgal.
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In anticipation of the rush at ATMs, Additional DCP Vinay Pratap Singh had requested bankers to deploy guards at all their ATMS.
Meanwhile, Sadar Bazaar, wore a deserted look with most people choosing not to open their shops. “Since the announcement was made, our customers have reduced, probably because people want to save their cash for more urgent needs. That is why many shopkeepers chose not to open their stores today,” said Nitesh, who owns a clothes stall in the bazaar.
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, who was in the district on Friday to visit four villages adopted by the President, said, “The decision to demonetise currency notes has not only brought cheer on the faces of poor people, but will also keep a check on black marketing.”