SHILLONG, Sep 03: The only kiosk of MeECL (Meghalaya Energy Corporation Ltd.) located at its Dr. BC Roy House office opposite Main Secretariat at MG Road area of the city has been branded as a “primitive machine with a modern look”.
Now, the reason behind such branding by its users, stems from the machines inability to identify the newer denomination currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 2000. According to responses received from MeECL customers, the machine only recognizes the older variant currency notes, that is, Rs. 5, Rs. 10, Rs. 20, Rs. 50 and Rs. 100. As a result, the public is facing inconveniences to pay large bill amounts in the kiosk since it does not accept anything above Rs. 100.
Those who are in hurry or wants to avoid the longer counter queues, this kiosk, the only one of its type in the entire town, is a suitable option but the unacceptability of the newer denomination notes is putting an undue botheration for the customers.
It is learnt that the machines at this kiosk has not yet been recalibrated by the MeECL despite the fact that it is going to be nearly a year now since the union government took the demonetization drive.
“Ten months down the line the condition of this kiosk is as same as it was in the pre-demonetization era,” said this exasperated consumer who had to take the queue after trying out the kiosk.