Bilaspur is the second largest city in the Bilaspur District, situated in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. It is believed that Bilaspur had been a colony of a few fishermens huts in the 17th century and has thus been named after a fisherwoman called "Bilasa." The city experiences hot dry summer and mild winters with medium rains during the monsoon. The city is located on the banks of the Arpa River. It is a rain-fed river that originates from the Maikal Range in central India. This region rich in dolomite and is surrounded by the coal mines of the Hasdeo valley as well as verdant green forests. It serves as the headquarters of South Eastern Coalfields Limited. The Arpa river passes through the center of the city and there are many river view areas built in the area for recreational purposes. The city is known for its unique aromatic rice variety called Doobraj rice and its intricate handloom weaved colorful soft Kosa silk saris. These drive the economy of the state along with the mining industry. Bilaspur connects tourists to a plethora of interesting tourist spots such as Amarkantak, Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve, Malhar, Ratanpur and quite a few dams in the vicinity.
In 1964 the head office of Indian Overseas Bank was inaugurated at Mount Road. The Indian Overseas Bank has been the first public sector bank to introduce mobile banking services using Wireless Application Protocol(WAP). On 29 August 2003, the Indian Overseas Bank has opened an extension counter at Bambalapitiya, Ceylon. In 2005, the IOB began a representative office in Guangzhou; China followed which the bank opened another representative office in Kuala Lumpur and Dubai, UAE. In 2007 The bank took over Bharat Overseas Bank. After three years, Malaysia granted a commercial banking license to a local bank jointly owned by Bank Of Baroda, Indian Overseas Bank, and the Andhra Bank. The new bank named, India International Bank (IIB Malaysia), began its operations in 2012 in Kuala Lumpur and had a large population of Indians. The Andhra Bank has a 25% stake in its joint-venture, BOB owns 40%, and remaining 35% is with IOB. On 31 August 2013, the Indian Overseas Bank has incorporated an offshore banking unit in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The bank also converted its existing Extension Counter at Ceylon into a full-fledged branch. In 2014-15, the IOB bank has crossed the target of 3000 ATMs as on 2014.IOB also launched m passbook app as a new mobile banking initiative.