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Posted at: Jan 14, 2018, 12:17 AM; last updated: Jan 14, 2018, 12:17 AM (IST)

Many ATMs run out of cash, people suffer

Many ATMs run out of cash, people suffer
An ATM out of cash on Amrik Singh Road in Bathinda on Saturday. Photo: Vijay Kumar

Ravi Chandel

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, January 13

City residents faced a tough time on Lohri as a majority of the Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) in the city were running out of cash. The ATMs located near bank branches were also running out of cash.

Residents of the Amrik Singh Road area, Gol Diggi, Teen Koni, Gurdwara Chowk near the Bathina-Barnala highway, Railway Road area, Bus Stand Chowk, Civil Hospital Chowk and their adjoining area particularly faced problems.

Many banks displayed notices at ATM kiosks stating that “the machines are running out of cash”. City residents alleged that considering a festival day, the authorities concerned should have ensured sufficient cash in the ATMs so that they do not suffer. But, the majority of the ATMs were running out of cash in the city, they added.

Gursimran Singh, a businessman, said, “Considering the Lohri festival, the labourers who work in our firm demanded cash, which was hardly available in ATMs. There is a weekly off tomorrow and in these circumstances, it is quite tough to handle business affairs.”

Mohan Mittal, a city resident, said, “It was a mistake to wait for the last day for shopping as I failed to withdraw money at least six times form different ATMs. The authorities concerned should have understood that a large number of shopkeepers and people have not opted for the cashless mode of payment so far. They depend on ATMs.” Another city resident Kulwant Singh said, “The authorities should fill more cash during festivals and long holidays so that people don’t suffer.”

When contacted, SBI regional manager Suresh Goyal refused to comment.

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