Vijayawada, known as Bezawada in the local language, is located on the banks of Krishna river in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Vijayawada is the 2nd most populous city in the state and it will soon become one of the satellite cities to the new state capital. The city works as a gateway to the rest of the country for the coastal agrarian regions of Andhra Pradesh. It also boasts of a high GDP. Vijayawada is surrounded by River Krishna which contributes to the fertile agricultural soil. Prakasham Barrage is one of the most recognizable and well-known landmarks of the city. The latest administration of the city is carried out by dividing the city into 59 wards. The economy in the city depends on agriculture along with other modern industries such as textile, automobile, hardware, consumer goods and other SMEs. There are a few large industrial estates located in and around the city which are known for heavy industries and the small-scale manufacture of auto components. Vijayawada is a major hub for education. There are many government-run and private academic institutions in the city like the SRR & CVR Government College, Andhra Loyola College, V R Siddhartha Engineering College, School of Planning and Architecture.
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.