Panvel is a city in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is situated in the Konkan Division of the state. It is a highly populated city since it is close to Mumbai. Panvel falls within the territorial boundary of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The Panvel creek borders the city on one side and there are mountains on the other sides of the city. Panvel is surrounded by some major industrial hubs housing the units of companies such as Larsen & Toubro Ltd., Reliance, ONGC, Hindustan Organic Chemicals Ltd., IPCL, etc., providing mass employment to the residents of Panvel. The JNPT port is situated near Panvel. A new SEZ is being set up by the government around Panvel. The places worth visiting in Panvel are Karnala fort, Karnala bird sanctuary, Gadeshwar dam, Matheran, Ballaleshwar Pal, Bet El Synagogue, Varadvinayak, etc. The city is very well connected to neighboring areas via roads and railway.
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.