New Delhi: The people of Chennai on Thursday were seen in long queues outside the Reserve Bank of India to exchange their Rs 500/1000 notes after the govt withdrew higher denomination notes.

The residents had mixed reactions to the unexpected announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes will cease to be legal tender from midnight Tuesday, with most calling a “big problem” for common man.

Chennai man, carrying a wedding card of his friend’s daughter, went to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to request them to grant him money, but the authorities denied his request.

“My friend’s daughter is going to get married tomorrow and her reception is scheduled to take place today evening. I came to RBI to exchange notes but only got Rs 4000. Even though I demanded more by showing marriage card, they refused,” he said.

It would be good if govt takes some additional steps to ensure no inconvenience is caused to people like me, the customer added.

“This is just going to be a big problem for people,” said a middle-aged man waiting in front of the ATM in Chennai to withdraw money.

(With IANS inputs)