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.
The Karnataka Bank Limited is commercial banking institution having a network of 807 branches, 1374 ATMs across 22 states and two union territories having 8,220 employees and over 9.65 million customers throughout the country. Over 1,46,000 shareholders privately own its shares and the tagline of the bank is "Your Family Bank Across India."In August 2008, Sun and NDTV Green IT Award were received by Karnataka Bank Limited in recognition of the banks "green policies" and use of earth-friendly technology such as solar power. For the year 2010-11, the bank received the Best Bank Award for "Managing IT Risk" under small bank category, by Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT). The Karnataka Bank Limited was incorporated on 18 February 1924 and operations were commenced on 23 May 1924. Quick Remit, a facility of money transfer was introduced by the Karnataka Bank Limited in August 2008 for Non-Resident Indians living in Canada, United States, and the UK. The bank also runs a 24-hour Internet banking service called Money click. Some of the digital banking products of Karnataka Bank Ltd are KBL-ApnaApp, KBL-m PassBook, KBL Smartz and KBL POS Manager.