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Cash crunch hits city as ATMs go dry

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Dec 14 - As the city along with other parts of the State continue to remain tense amidst curfew, most of the ATMs here have gone dry leaving people scrambling for cash.

As soon as the curfew was relaxed at 9 this morning, a large number of people queued up at the ATMs to withdraw money, resulting in the ATMs running out of cash within a couple of hours.

Sources in the banks said when curfew was relaxed today efforts were made to refill the ATMs in the city.

�Almost all the ATMs attached with the branches were refilled today. The exercise will be repeated tomorrow as people are withdrawing huge sums,� a source said.

Around 60 per cent ATMs in the city were refilled today.

The officials denied reports that some bank branches will remain open tomorrow.

�We have sought permission from the RBI to open some branches on Sunday only to refill the ATMs. There will not be any other transaction,� a bank official said. Some banks remained open in certain areas of the State despite today being the second Saturday of the month to help some tea gardens pay weekly wages to their workers.

�With the curfew being relaxed only for a few hours, it is not possible to refill all the ATMs. Also there are questions of security of the cash-carrying vans. However, all attempts are being made to ensure that the people do not face much inconvenience,� the official said.

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Cash crunch hits city as ATMs go dry

GUWAHATI, Dec 14 - As the city along with other parts of the State continue to remain tense amidst curfew, most of the ATMs here have gone dry leaving people scrambling for cash.

As soon as the curfew was relaxed at 9 this morning, a large number of people queued up at the ATMs to withdraw money, resulting in the ATMs running out of cash within a couple of hours.

Sources in the banks said when curfew was relaxed today efforts were made to refill the ATMs in the city.

�Almost all the ATMs attached with the branches were refilled today. The exercise will be repeated tomorrow as people are withdrawing huge sums,� a source said.

Around 60 per cent ATMs in the city were refilled today.

The officials denied reports that some bank branches will remain open tomorrow.

�We have sought permission from the RBI to open some branches on Sunday only to refill the ATMs. There will not be any other transaction,� a bank official said. Some banks remained open in certain areas of the State despite today being the second Saturday of the month to help some tea gardens pay weekly wages to their workers.

�With the curfew being relaxed only for a few hours, it is not possible to refill all the ATMs. Also there are questions of security of the cash-carrying vans. However, all attempts are being made to ensure that the people do not face much inconvenience,� the official said.