Durgapur, situated in the Burdwan district of the Indian state of West Bengal, is Indias second planned city. It is the third largest city in West Bengal and is also known as the "Ruhr of India." It lies beside the Damodar River and is the only city in the eastern part of India to have an operational dry dock. The city is a base of industrialization in East India owing to it coal-rich belt which supports the flourishing steel, cement, thermal power and chemicals industries. Large-scale industries like the Durgapur Steel Plant, the Durgapur Thermal Power Station, the Durgapur Cement Ltd, Graphite India Ltd, Hindustan Fertilizer Corporation, etc are based out of this city. Education is another sector that has a strong hold on this region. Institutions like National Institute of Technology, National Power Training Institute, Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, apart from several Kendriya Vidyalayas and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas School ensure quality education to the youth of Durgapur. Durgapur is not exactly a typical spot for tourism. However, some of the places worth visiting include Durgapur Barrage, Mohan Kumar Mangalam Park, Anand Amusement Park, Rahreswar Shibtola, Ram Mandir, Deul Park, Garh Jungle, etc.
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.