Kolkata: Serpentine queues were seen outside banks here, which opened on Thursday after a day’s break following the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, as people jostled to get lower denomination currency and new banknotes to pay for their daily basic needs.
Kolkatans started queueing up as early as 6 AM in the morning, nearly 3-4 hours before the banks open. Several bank officials said most of the branches were witnessing unprecedented huge rush and therefore, they have sought the deployment of police personnel to deter any unwarranted circumstances. Several ATMs still remain closed. To ease the matter, several banks including the SBI will remain open till 6 in the evening today.
As per the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) the banks will remain open on Saturday and Sunday. Banks would be closed on Monday due to Guru Nanak’s birthday. Apart from the city, long queues are also noticeable in the districts too.