Barasat is a neighborhood in Kolkata, situated in the Indian state of West Bengal. It functions as the headquarters of the North 24 Parganas district as well as the Barasat Sadar subdivision. Known for its strategic location at a railway and road junction, Barasat is a regional transportation hub. Several important roads, including National Highway 12, National Highway 112 pass through the town. During the Mughal period, Sankar Chakraborty (who was a commander of the king of Jessore in Bangladesh) came to Barasat and established himself. During the British era, the officials of the East India Company made Barasat a weekend retreat by constructing houses with gardens. Warren Hastings had built his villa in the heart of the region. The place was known for its indigo cultivation and thus contributed largely to the economy of the state. The city is located in the Gangetic plain. Today, the fertile land of the area ensures the cultivation of crops like rice, legumes, potatoes, sugarcane and coconuts. Prestigious academic institutes such as West Bengal State University, Barasat Government College, Brainware University, Adamas University, etc. are located in Barasat. The city has many Ashramas dedicated to different saints and gurus for the Hindu devotees.
DCB Bank Ltd. is a private sector commercial bank having a network of 310 branches and 515 ATMs in India. The bank offers products to small and medium businesses, rural banking, individuals, and mid-corporates across the branch network. The DCB Bank is declared as the Best Small Bank in India by Businessworld Magna Awards 2017. The Bank is present in 19 States and 3 Union Territories. The DCB Bank is also considering expansion in tier 3 to tier 6 towns in Odisha, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra. The states where DCB Bank branches are located in India: Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi NCR, Gujarat, Goa, Haryana, Karnataka, Uttarakhand and West Bengal. Recently the branches of DCB Bank were inaugurated at Kusnoor (Gulbarga) in Karnataka, Ajmer in Rajasthan and Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, New Delhi in the National Capital Region. In the 1930s, in Mumbai from a series of Co-operative bank mergers with the Ismailia Co-operative Bank Limited and the Masalawala Co-operative Bank respectively, DCB bank was found. The promoter of the Bank is the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) with around 15.02% stake. On 31 May 1995, the Bank received the Scheduled Commercial Bank license from the Reserve Bank of India.