In a bid to ease the strain at banks, several volunteers came forward. These volunteers were seen across branches, talking to customers, helping them with clarifications, running around for pens, forms and water.
There were separate counters in banks, with the employees guiding the customers to ease the chaos, said sources.
Meanwhile at some places, exchange of notes was stopped, as the ink was yet to arrive. Also, the new Rs 500 note continues to be elusive, as it yet to reach the hands of the general public in these parts.
In view of the hardships being caused to the large number of patients at private hospitals, Fortis has made an urgent representation to the government that the exemption similar to that in government hospitals (acceptance of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes), be granted to them too.
It also mentioned that it continues to accept payments through credit or debit cards and electronic banking transfers, it said in a statement.
In Coimbatore, several builders have requested the grocery outlets and tea stalls near their construction sites to give products on credit to their workers.