New Delhi | People faced hardships on Wednesday in procuring essential items and using public transport as they scurried for small change while petrol pumps were flooded with harried consumers and toll plazas saw long queues, a day after high denomination notes in the country were withdrawn.
Daily wage earners and casual low income group workers were the worst affected, struggling to make transactions and get ‘chutta’ or change while roadside kiosks, vegetable sellers, small traders and hawkers were gripped with anxiety notwithstanding calls to avoid panic.
Reports from several cities said that several mom-and-pop stores experienced a drop in consumers with the difficulties of the man on the street compounded with ATMs remaining closed after overnight demonetisation of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes by the government as part of the crackdown on black money.
Also, some small time traders and grocery shops put up boards outside their establishments, saying that notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denominations would not be accepted for any transaction, thus inconveniencing the common man who makes day-to-day transactions in small cash.
In many places, people having Rs 1000 and Rs 500 denomination notes with them were seen running pillar to post for getting it changed for Rs 100 bills amid reports that people were having a tough time to get medicines.
Thousands of Mumbaikars were put to hardship in procuring essentials and meeting other daily chores like catching local trains and buses to reach their workplace.
Many locals said they had to return empty handed this morning while purchasing milk, vegetables, medicines in the absence of adequate Rs 100 notes. Several commuters using public transport like taxis and auto-rickshaws faced a tough time as they were refused transaction with Rs 500 notes.