Bally is a town in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is situated in the Howrah District and falls under the Howrah Municipal Corporation. The town is located on the banks of the Hooghly River and strategically stands in between two famous tourist spots - the Dakshineswar Kali Temple and the Belur Math. Bally is very well connected by road, rail as well as water. Three major railway lines pass through Bally - the Howrah-Barddhaman Chord Line, the Howrah?Bardhaman main line and the Sealdah-Dankuni Line. The town of Bally has five railway stations - Bally junction, Bally Ghat, Bally Halt, Rajchandrapur and Belanagar. The Grand Trunk Road passes through this town. Two bridges across the Hooghly river connects Bally with the metro city of Kolkata - the Vivekananda Setu (also known as Bally Bridge) and the Nivedita Setu. Bally also has a ferry pier called Bally Ghat which runs ferry services on the river. Bally is a residential suburb of Kolkata and most of its residents travel to the city for work.
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.