Hyderabad: The abolition of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes has brought hardships to people in various walks of life; especially those who were traveling had to go without food or snacks as the small vendors refused to accept the high value notes which were banned all of a sudden on Tuesday night.
Though railways accepted the banned notes at the booking counters, the vendors in the trains were scared of those notes and passengers had to put up without food or refreshments throughout the journey. Vendors insisted on lower currency notes which passengers were not carrying unaware of the development.
A family travelling in a train narrated their ordeal that they couldn’t even buy a water bottle for five hours as nobody came forward to give them change for Rs 500.
"Since Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 was legal tender till now, passengers shall be allowed to transact the same at railway stations for buying their journey tickets and towards food refreshments. However, any bulk or high value ticket bookings will be monitored and the refund process shall be made through banks," South Central Railway(SCR) said in a statement.
Same situation was seen at petrol bunks too as most bunks went dry putting up boards that they don't have stock for Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.
Unlike the usual days, city roads witnessed less traffic but the TSRTC operated all services. Uber also shot a message requesting the customers only to hire if they currency of lower denomination.
Meanwhile, food outlets and brands like Big Baazar, Spencer etc. were kept open till midnight on Tuesday as denizens flocked to stores just to exchange the demonetized notes.
Some bought items worth just Rs 50 hoping to get lower value currency notes. However, the shops were riding high as they were able to shoot up revenues by helping customers to get rid of old notes.