Demonetisation: Bengaluru man visits 23 ATMs to check for availability of cash, here’s what he found

Tinu Cherian Abraham - decided to go on an ATM trail in Bengaluru on Sunday to find out the truth.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 22, 2016 10:04 pm
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Two weeks after PM Narendra Modi-led Central government announced demonetisation of old higher denomination currency notes, queues outside banks and ATMs have become a usual sight across the country. With a limit on exchange and withdrawal of cash from both banks and ATMs, and shortage of currency notes has led to a chaotic situation. The opposition parties have come together in an attempt to corner BJP government over the issue claiming the lack of planning was creating extreme problems for people.

To verify whether media was spreading lies, a Bengaluru man – Tinu Cherian Abraham – decided to go on an ATM trail on Sunday and shared what he witnessed on micro-blogging platform Twitter. “ATM Trail was an impromptu action for a reality check on the enormity of cash crisis at ATMs as spoken on media – both traditional and social media. Before the note ban, all these ATMs work normally even on Sunday…I wanted to see if it is the same almost 2 weeks after the ban,” he told IndianExpress.com.

Tinu – a social media celebrity – visited 23 ATMs close to his residence starting from HDFC bank’s Kadugodi branch ATM. Abraham managed to check 16 ATMs in the first three hours and found that 13 of them were out of cash. The rest, as he said, were dispensing only Rs 2,000 notes and had long queues outside.

In the next few hours, Tinu visited seven more ATMs before he stopped his trail. Out of these seven, he found that six ATMs were out of cash and the only one working – a Canara bank ATM in KR Puram – was also dispensing only Rs 2,000 notes.

“Scouted all ATMs I could find in 2 areas – so that people don’t assume I cherry picked the ATMs that doesn’t work,” Tinu said.

Banks are in a process of recalibrating all the ATM machines across the country so that they can dispense the new Rs 2000 and Rs 500 notes which have different dimensions compared to previous notes. Some experts suggest that the process might take about three months to complete. Till then, most of the ATMs can only dispense Rs 100 notes, bringing down their storage capability significantly.

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    Amit
    Nov 23, 2016 at 4:56 pm
    Daily after my office, I visit around 14 atms but no cash. Just came from sbi atm no cash.
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      Avi
      Nov 22, 2016 at 7:18 pm
      I did same survey but unlike Tinu.. instead of afternoon 1pm I started at 9AM... I found that out of 15 ATM I checked all had cash and approximate wait time of 20-30 minutes.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Come on Tinu.. you are intelligent to choose the time when most ATM would anyway go out of cash in afternoon and replenish early in evening even at non-demonetisation times.
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        Lovely
        Nov 23, 2016 at 1:18 am
        I also visited 44 ATMs and found all working and there was crowd for withdrawals at 21 ATMs.
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          Lovely
          Nov 23, 2016 at 1:19 am
          Yes!
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          Sam
          Nov 23, 2016 at 1:46 am
          First of all this fellow is a keralite. We all know what backstabbing communists they are. Can we not visit banks for cash till atms are recalibrated? Im doing that since the move and faced no hels. Im not a bjp supporter. Just an indian fed up of indian politics. All parties are corrupt. bjp congress aap all same. Even if the money recovered and fake notes eliminated cover up the cost of printing new notes im happy. Cos prev govts chose to do nothing. Modi is risking his political legacy by this step for the country n I feel that shd be appreciated rather than cribbing like spoilt brats.
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            Abhi
            Nov 24, 2016 at 5:16 am
            You gotta visit a bank dude, I went only 3 times and all the 3 times I was successful and withdrew cash in 15 mins
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              Arvind
              Nov 22, 2016 at 6:54 pm
              His name say it all
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                ashok
                Nov 22, 2016 at 5:58 pm
                Looks like, before demonetization you were living in heaven. You can move back if you want. Fact : More than 80% people like demonetization . Sorry to know you and your master does not like it. Off course any one can guess the reason of your anger.
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