Maheshtala is an emerging city situated in the Indian State of West Bengal. It is a major municipality in South West Kolkata. The area falls under the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority or KMDA in the South 24 Parganas district of the state. There are around half a million residents of Maheshtala who are employed in various service sectors of the KMDA area. Maheshtala is well connected to various parts of the state via the Kolkata Suburban Railway. A London-based company along with a Bengali NRI has embarked upon a joint venture with the Maheshtala Municipality on a grand project to develop a mini township called the Maheshtala project. Once completed, the 44 buildings of the projects will house 2240 middle-income group flats. The company plans on improving the road infrastructure in the area to ensure a quick development.
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.