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 Kumbakonam Bank Limited, the previous name of City Union Bank, was registered as a limited company on 31 October 1904. In the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu, the bank initially preferred the role of a regional bank. The City Union Bank had a network of 600+ computerized branches (using TCS BaNCS software) as of November 2017 and 1,526+ ATMs across the country. The City Union Bank also offers a range of technical services such as self-service kiosks, bulk note acceptors, net banking, mobile banking, and Point of Sales, etc. The banks also provide savings and deposit products to meet the demand of various customers. It also offers many loan products to serve the financial needs of small individual customers to large industries. City Union Bank launched Indias first banking robot named Lakshmi in November 2016. It is the first on-site humanoid robot in India. The robot is capable of managing multiple tasks on sensitive financial information like account details. Dr. N Kamakodi is the MD and CEO of City Union Bank since 2011. The digital banking products and services of City Union Bank includes Passbook printing kiosk, Credit card and traveling card facility, cheque clearing kiosk, etc.