Sopore : Ahead of Eidul Fitr, many consumers in the twin towns of Sopore and Baramulla in Northen region of Kashmir were left fuming at automated teller machines (ATMs) which all have just one message for them: “insufficient funds”. People thronged ATMs to withdraw cash ahead of Eidul Fitr to pay for Eid related shopping and other expenses.
People from different villages including main towns of Sopore and Baramulla complained of cash crunch, they said that there is literally no cash for the last two days at many ATMs across twin towns. Added that long queues are seen at the banks as people are rushing to withdraw cash.
Reports reaching to Kashmir Despatch that in some areas, where the ATM booths still had some cash left, long queues were seen as people tried to get their hands on some cash in scorching heat and most of ATM machines were displaying different ‘templates’ including this ATM is temporarily out of order.
Bank officials when contacted told Kashmir Despatch that we have directed all banks across twin towns to ensure availability of cash at ATMs during the Eid hilolidays, officials added that majority of the bank ATMs in twin towns are still working despite heavy withdrawals, further added that
many people didn’t know how to use ATM and therefore, when they inserted cards over and over, the machine went out of order.
2015 Kashmir Despatch