Ghaziabad is a large and developing city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. This city comes under the National Capital Region (NCR). Ghaziabad is often referred to as the Gateway to the state of Uttar Pradesh because of its proximity to New Delhi. This fast-growing city has a population of more than 2 million. The city was founded in 1740 by Wazir Ghazi-ud-din. He named it ?Ghaziuddinnagar? after himself. A large area in Ghaziabad, especially the banks of the Hindon river, used to be a picnic spot for the royal family during the Mughal period. The city has two divisions that are separated by the Hindon River: the Trans-Hindon region on the west and the Cis-Hindon region on the east. It has turned into a major industrial and commercial hub of western Uttar Pradesh. The industrial growth in Ghaziabad took off soon after independence when a number of steel manufacturing units opened in the area. Electronics industry followed and a lot more major industrial houses set up their manufacturing units in Ghaziabad.
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.