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.
Established in 1994,the IndusInd Bank Ltd is a Mumbai based bank which offers commercial and electronic banking products and services. The Union Finance Minister, Mr.Manmohan Singh inaugurated it in April 1994. The operations of the bank started under the chairmanship of S.P Hinduja on 17th April 1994, with the aim of serving to the NRI community. The name of the bank is inspired from the Indus Valley Civilization.The bank began with a capital amount of Rs.1 billion out of which Rs. 600 million had been raised by the Indian residents and rest of the amount by NRIs.Among the new-generation private banks, IndusInd Bank is the first in India. The bank has its specialization in retail banking, and it keeps on upgrading its support systems through new technologies. It is also expanding its branches all across the country along with global spread. The IndusInd bank has its subsidiaries in Abudhabi, London, and Dubai. The maximum number of offices in India are in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai. It has 1885 ATMs and 1004 bank branches across 625 locations of the country as on June 2016. The bank has been ranked 13th among top 50 most valuable brands on Brandz Top in the year 2015.