Kamarhati is a city and a municipality in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located in the Barrackpore subdivision of the North 24 Parganas district. The place was initially a refugee colony soon after the partition of Bengal as many squatters from East Pakistan flocked to this area and encroached upon the public as well as private land. Within a very short time, these refugees initiated all the amenities required for a comfortable lifestyle and developed a proper society. Kamarhati belongs to the Kolkata Urban Agglomerate and houses around 3.5 lakh residents. There are several industrial units in Kamarhati like Texmaco Rail and Engineering Ltd, Kamarhatty Company Ltd (jute mill), Agarpara Jute Mills, Prabartak Jute Mills Ltd, National Tobacco Company Industries Ltd, WIMCO (a Swedish match company), Allied Ceramics Private Limited, Emami Paper Mills Ltd, etc. The Dakshineshwar Temple is located in this area and it draws thousands of devotees every day.
In February 2003, the RBI gave the license to Kotak Mahindra Finance Ltd to carry on banking business. The head office of the Kotak Mahindra, an Indian private sector bank, is in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It provides banking products and financial services for corporate and retail customers and specialized subsidiaries in the areas of life insurance, investment banking, general insurance, and wealth management.The Bank has 1,369 branches across 689 locations and 2,163 ATMs in the country, as of 31 March 2017. In 2018, it became the second largest private bank in India by market capitalization after the HDFC Bank. Uday Kotak established the Kotak Mahindra Bank which became a financial services conglomerate. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) provided the banking licence to Kotak Mahindra Finance Ltd (KMFL), the Groups flagship company in February 2003. The KMFL became the first non-banking finance company in India to be converted into a bank ? Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited (Kmb)ltd.In a study published in February 2014 by Brand Finance Banking 500, KMBL was ranked 245th among the worlds top 500 banks with valuation of around half a billion dollars and brand rating of AA+. The Kotak Bank acquired ING Vysya Bank in a deal valued at ?15,000 crore in 2015. Total employment jumped to almost 40,000, and the count of branches reached 1261 with the merger. After the merger,the ING Group, which controlled ING Vysya Bank, owned a 7% share in Kotak Mahindra Bank.