Even nine days after the demonetisation of high value currency notes, people in the national capital continued to face hardship in exchanging the now-defunct notes and struggled to purchase essentials to meet their daily needs.
Woes of Delhiites seem to have no end as they waited for cash in long queues outside banks and ATMs today also.
Heated arguments were exchanged as cash in the ATMs and banks like that the patience of people, ran dry as the day drew to an end.
“Its been nine days (since demonetisation) but there is no let down in the serpentine queues outside banks and we have put in adequate staff to deal with the rush.
“But there is panic among people that banks will run out of cash which is why they are thronging the branches in large numbers,” a bank official said.
Yesterday, a 48-year-old man died allegedly after he suffered heart attack while standing in queue for over eight hours to exchange note in Lal Kuan area.
“I went to exchange the invalid Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes but there were people in a long queue waiting for their turn to come. I waited till 4.20 PM and returned empty-handed,” Jatin Kumar, a resident of Mayur Vihar said.
In some parts of the city, Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) and several volunteers of NGOs arranged for tea, water, snacks among other things for people who queued up outside banks.
People faced inconvenience in purchasing milk, vegetables, medicines as they did not have adequate small currency notes.
At various hospitals in the city, patients and their family members faced inconvenience in buying medicines, food and availing transportation.
To manage anxious crowds, personnel of paramilitary and Delhi Police along with 200 quick reaction teams have been deployed at ATMs and banks.