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.
Dhanlaxmi Bank Ltd based in Thrissur City, Kerala, India, is an old private sector bank. On 14 November 1927, it was established at Thrissur city, Kerala. In 1977, it became a Scheduled Commercial Bank. It has a network of 280 bank branches, and 398 ATMs across the states of Kerala,Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat, Delhi, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Goa, and Haryana. The Centralised Banking Solution (CBS) was adopted by the Dhanlaxmi Bank at all its branches, on the Flexcube platform for extending banking anywhere to its customers. The bank had set up a data centre in Bangalore to keep the networked system operational round the clock. For meeting various contingencies, a disaster recovery centre is also operated by the bank at Thrissur . On 10 August 2010, the name of the bank was changed from Dhanalakshmi Bank to Dhanlaxmi Bank. The bank offered Demat services through selected branches being a depository participant of NSDL (National Security Depository Limited). The Dhanlaxmi bank is offering online trading in association with Religare securities. It has partnered AGS Infotech for installation of ATMs. It provides VISA-branded debit and credit cards to the customers.