The services of Unified Payment Interface (UPI), the instant payment interface developed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), were restored on January 9 following a brief outage that lasted for around an hour’s period. NPCI, in an update shared on social media, said the services had went down due to an “intermittent technical glitch”.
“Regret the inconvenience to #UPI users due to intermittent technical glitch. #UPI is operational now, and we are monitoring system closely. (sic),” it said.
Several users had taken to Twitter to report that the UPI server was down and they were not being able to make any transactions using digital wallets and online payment platforms such as Google Pay and Paytm.
ICICI Bank has reportedly notified that its UPI system is down due to maintenance activities. Tech reviewer Nitin Agarwal had tweeted: “Yes, ICICI Bank has notified that its UPI system is down because of maintenance activities. Not sure about other apps though. Didn’t know they work on Sundays too but doing such activities actually makes sense on weekends though.”