The city of Ambarnath, in the Indian state of Maharashtra, is also a part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. It falls within the territorial boundaries of the Thane district. The city is often spelled as Ambernath. The name Ambarnath translates to the Lord of the Sky and refers to Lord Shiva. The city is the site of an old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, from 1060 AD. Like all suburbs of Mumbai, the railway track divides the city of Ambarnath into Ambarnath East and Ambarnath West. Ambarnath west has developed as an industrial zone and it has numerous small and large chemical factories. The government of India has set up an Ordnance Factory in the region, which is slowly developing a residential neighborhood in the area. There is a large safety matchstick manufacturing facility of WIMCO is located in this region along with more than 150 large-scale industries such as textile, aerospace, chemicals, edible goods and electrical hardware. Ambarnath East is mostly a residential area. The famous Shiva temple is located in Ambarnath East along with several residential and sporting complexes.
In 1943, Rai Bahadur Lala Sohan Lal Ji, the first Chairman of OBC, founded it in Lahore. Within four years of its existence, the Oriental Bank of Commerce had to face Partition between India and Pakistan. The bank had to shut its branches in the newly formed Pakistan and move its registered office to Amritsar. The period of 1970-76 had been the most challenging phase in the history of the Bank. The OBC merged with Global Trust Bank (GTB) on 14 August 2004. The acquisition brought 103 branches with it, which increased OBCs branch number total to 1092. The bank presents a wide range of banking products and financial services such as deposit accounts, credit cards with a tie-up with SBI, Insurance products, ATMs, loans, debit cards, Internet banking, Self-banking halls, call center, mobile banking, etc. The Bank has introduced another peoples participation in the planning process at grass root level fundamentally to tackle the maladies of poverty. The Grameen Projects venture aimed to alleviate poverty while identifying the reasons responsible for the failure or success. The OBC has already introduced a GRAMEEN PROJECT in Dehradun District (UK) and Hanumangarh District in Rajasthan.