Many cash-strapped residents of Pune, who have been lining up at ATMs in the mornings, have invariably returned empty-handed as most ATMs ran out of cash within hours. But a few residents of Pune managed to get their small quota of cash, and were seen returning home with a smile. It seemed to be a case of being at the right ATM at the right time. While those who lined up in the morning found themselves standing in an endless queue, those who went to the ATM in the evening had to deal with a shorter line and were able to reach the booth in lesser time.
On Monday night, at Nashik Phata chowk in Pimpri-Chinchwad, the cash-carrying vehicle from the Currency Chest arrived at 8.15 pm. In the next one hour, at least 40-50 people managed to withdraw money. Though it was a bank holiday, this particular ATM — at a commercial complex called Sagar Corner — remained functional.
“I got my money,” said Sheela Wilson, a resident of Kasarwadi.
“… I had made several rounds of ATMs in the morning, but found no cash. This is the first time I managed to get cash in the evening,” said Sunil Marale, who lives nearby. But not everyone was as lucky. By the time Sanjay Tope, Ganesh Sambherao and their friends rushed to the ATM, it had run out of cash. “It seems they deposit around Rs 1 lakh cash, which only 40-50 people can withdraw…,” said Sambherao.
A local resident said he had withdrawn Rs 2,000 cash on Monday and was hoping to withdraw the same amount today. “But I missed out as the cash vehicle apparently came a little early,” he said.
Marale said some local residents have decided to keep a watch out for the Currency Chest vehicle, which arrives every evening. “It is better to go to the ATMs in the evenings,” he said.
At a petrol pump located between Kasarwadi and Phugewadi, the staff were accepting Rs 500 notes for filling up petrol or CNG, but they didn’t return the balance cash. Instead, the staff issued receipts to customers, and told them to collect their balance amount at a later date or use the money to fill up more fuel. “We can’t help it… we have no loose change,” said a petrol pump employee.