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Cash at 14,000 feet
The Union Bank of India has set up an ATM counter at Kupup near Nathula on the Indo-Chinese boarder. The ATM at 14,300 feet, is claimed to be the highest in India.

Mr MV Nair, chairman and managing director of Union Bank of India, inaugurated the ATM counter. Card holders of other banks will also be able to use the ATM Mr. Nair explained.

Nathula – Kupup area is famous not only as the boarder between India and China but also because of the natural beauty of the mountainous and mostly snow capped area. The Boarder has been opened recently for trade with the Chinese Tibet. Nearby the legendary Baba Harbhajan Singh temple is also a great draw for the tourists and faithful alike. The area is manned by the Nathula battalion of the Indian Army.

The principle objective of the ATM is to serve the army personnel. Besides since Nathula is frequented by tourists, the ATM is also expected to be useful for the tourists. The banks expect that withdrawing money from the highest ATM in the country can itself be a tourist attraction.

Kupup area, which boasts of Baba Harbajan Singh temple, has a gift item shop and a well provisioned cafeteria which are being maintained by members of Army Wives Welfare Association. Visitors can buy handicrafts items and other personal gift items at the shop besides having an opportunity to receive an official army certificate certifying their presence in the famous tourism site.

Now, with the opening of the United Bank of India’s ATM counter in the area, the visitors would find it easier to draw money and go for shopping,” the bank officials, said. The locals have also welcomed the step.
Posted On : 6-4-2007
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