HYDERABAD: You may be looking forward to the festive week ahead but pause a second. The string of holidays may disrupt your holiday plans a bit — well, if you are not aware that banks too will either be working partially or remain shut during the period.
To start with, the annual half-year closing is on Sept 30 and Oct 1 when all bank transactions for the public will be suspended. This is followed by bank holidays on account of Gandhi Jayanti and Vijayadashami, which are soon followed by the weekend and Bakrid on Oct 6. “During the annual half-year closing on Sept 30 and Oct 1 though banks will be functioning, it will only be for official purposes. Transactions for the public will remain shut,” said an official of the Andhra Bank.
Several ATMs in the city are either non-functioning or do not have money — as you are well aware . So, if you want to celebrate Dasara in a big way, just ensure that your wallet is rather full. And if you have any other bank related transactions, be done with them before Sept 30. This is not to say you need to press the panic button! Banks will take measures to ensure that they are not missed. “Whenever there are holidays, we ensure that there is enough cash in ATMs. Even on Sundays, we take extra precautions so that people are not inconvenienced. It will be no different this time around,” an SBI official told Express.
Several other banks also said there was no need to worry as their respective ATMs will be operational.