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UNLIKE THURSDAY, when most smaller post offices did not have cash for exchange, on Friday, huge rush was witnessed outside almost all post offices across the city.
Abhijeet Bansode, Senior Superintendent of Post Office, Pune City East Division, “At GPO Pune, we had opened four counters. As compared to yesterday, people visiting GPO was more today. From 10 am to 2.30 pm, we were accepting deposits as well as exchanging notes. At 2.30 pm, the cash got exhausted and hence, the exchange service took a halt for an hour. At 3.30 pm, additional cash reached the post office and then we restarted the exchange service.”
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The GPO had opened four extension counters at four different venues for the staff of the respective department – Commissioner Office, Central Building, Sassoon Hospital and Council Hall. On Thursday, many smaller post offices denied customers for exchange due to unavailability of cash, which included post offices of Shivajinagar, Dhawade Wasti, Moshi, Indraninagar, Mashulkar Colony and NIBM.
DS Bankar, the postmaster of Shivajinagar Post Office, said that unlike Thursday, enough cash was available for the customers on Friday, “Yesterday we couldn’t exchange cash due to unavailability. Once, the cash reached us by evening, we could provide a smooth service on Friday”