ATMs go dry in Mumbai
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Last Updated: Friday, August 12, 2011, 00:00
Mumbai: Many ATMs in the city today ran out of cash on Thursday creating hardships for bank customers as staff of an agency that replenishes the machines went on a strike.

About 350 ATMs across the city were affected as around 300 workers were on strike, said Sushil Sancheti, CFO of Writer Safeguard that services HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and Axis Bank.

"Some employees at our company were on strike since August 8 and we could not replenish the machines. Hence some ATMs (automated teller machines) would have gone dry," he said.

He, however, claimed that the company management was able to resolve the issue by late evening. All the machines will be replenished through the night, he added.

An Axis Bank spokesperson said the bank had advance information of the strike and hence, asked the employees to fill up the machines to capacity on August 8 itself. As a result, only five-six of its 90-odd ATMs in the city ran dry this morning, he said.

An ICICI Bank spokesperson said the bank's operations were not hit as this agency services only three-four machines in the city, while an HDFC Bank spokesperson could not be reached.

The reason for the strike could not be ascertained from the company but banking sources said it was wage related.


First Published: Friday, August 12, 2011, 00:00

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