Davanagere is an emerging city in the Indian state of Karnataka. This city has been selected by PM Narendra Modi to be developed into a smart city under the ambitious flagship Smart Cities Mission. It is a cotton hub and has often been referred to as the Manchester of Karnataka. Currently, the city is commercially venturing into the fields of education and agro-processing industries. Located in the Maidan region on the Deccan Plateau, the city is often called the "Heart of Karnataka" as it is literally located in the center of the state. This city houses Asias 2nd largest irrigation tank known as "Shanti Sagar," which serves as a major water source for farmers in the region. There are roughly half a million residents in Devanagere who mostly speak in Kannada. The city is well connected to the rest of the state as well as the country through a decent network of roads and railway.
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.