Thane is a city in the northwestern side of Maharashtra, around 25 kilometers away from Mumbai. Just like Mumbai, Thane experiences a humid tropical climate with heavy rainfall during monsoon. An immediate neighbor of Mumbai, Thane, is an extremely populous urban agglomeration with nearly two million residents. It is a part of the huge Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Being more of a residential city, the people of Thane mostly work in the service sector of the Mumbai Metropolitan area. Thane generates the fifth largest GDP in the state. Thane holds great records of history. Indias first railroad was laid in Thane and it was the terminus for Asias first ever passenger train which was inaugurated on 6th April 1853. The train connected a stretch of 34 kilometers from Thane to Colaba. The city has rapidly developed and is now well-connected with several neighboring suburbs and other cities through railways as well as roadways. With a handsome share of skyscrapers and plenty of amenities, Thane has become one of the most well-developed and well-planned cities in Maharashtra. Thane provides a great number of opportunities as well as a lifestyle similar to Mumbais. Thane is away from the cacophony of Mumbais city life, yet it is near enough to feel Mumbais lively vibes.
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.