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.
RBL is a scheduled commercial bank, based in the Mumbai region of Maharashtra, India. It was founded in August 1943. The bank has a gross business size of around Rs. 0.64 million Cr. The RBL bank provides banking services categorized into five sectors: Retail Banking, Commercial Banking, Corporate & Institutional Banking, Agri & Development Banking and Financial Markets. Ratnakar Bank was a bank in Maharashtra with two of its branches in Kolhapur and Sangli in August 1943. In the Kolhapur-Sangli belt, it used to serve to the small and medium business merchants. In August 1959, the Bank was recognized as a "Scheduled Commercial Bank" under the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934. RBL Bank was also known as NH4 Bank since most of its occupation was limited to the cities in the 1,235-km National Highway 4 that connected four of the ten most dense cities in India. In the 2010s, RBL Bank has allegedly raised Rs 4,000 Cr, from investors. In 2011, the Bank raised Rs. 700 Cr, Rs 376 Cr, in 2014 Rs. 328 Cr. and in 2016 Rs.488 Cr. RBL Bank raised Rs 330 Crores from the UK-based development finance institution, CDC Group Plc (CDC), through Basel III compliant Tier II capital, in September 2016. In July 2017, RBL Bank got the board approval to raise Rs 1680 Cr.