The big struggle these days is to find a working ATM. That will be the first win for the average citizen before he/she starts queuing up and hoping that the cash holds till he ends up in front of the machine. If social media posts are anything to go by, a lot of people have been spending their time over the past few days to find an ATM with cash so that they can line up to withdraw money that works.
Now, CMS Info Systems, one of the companies managing ATMs in India, has created a tool to help people figure out machines that are dispensing cash at the moment. The simple tool lets users select the state and the city in which they are trying to find a working ATM. The link is available at: atmfinder.cms.com/atmfinder/ATMStatus.aspx
“Even as we are working round the clock to get as many ATMs as we can filled with cash, here’s another quick step from us to make life easier for all concerned. We have created the CMS ATM Finder. It’s a ready reckoner of all the ATMs we manage that are dispensing cash,” said a note from the company.
We tested the tool for Delhi and found about a dozen machines spread across the capital, while Mumbai had twice as many machines. However, the tool lists only ATMs serviced by the company so the banks are also limited. However, it has larger banks like ICICI, SBI and Axis. However, there is no HDFC on the list for now, which is another big player.
Meanwhile, the government has announced that the cap on withdrawing money from ATMs has been revised to Rs 2,500 per day with effect from Monday. Also, the recaliberation of ATMs to take the new notes and accommodate more Rs 100 notes is being expedited.