Kulti is a neighborhood in Asansol in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is situated in the Asansol Sadar subdivision of the Paschim Bardhaman district. The city of Kulti lies between two great rivers ? the Damodar and the Ajay. The rivers run parallelly with the city in between, and the area is composed of undulating laterite soil. Kulti was a small village earlier but it underwent major development when the IISCO plant was set up in the area. Kulti had India?s first blast furnace that operated in the plant at Burnpur from 1875 to the 1950s. Steel was manufactured for the first time in India in open hearth furnaces in 1904 at Kulti. Spun pipes were made for the first time in India at Kulti. Kulti is an industrial township with most of its residents employed in the industrial belt in and around the city. There are a few places worth visiting nearby such as Maithon Dam, Panchet Dam, Bakreshwar, Bishnupur and Tagores Shantiniketan.
In 1926, seven businessmen of Karur founded Lakshmi Vilas Bank under the leadership of Shri V.S.N. Ramalinga Chettiar. They aimed to serve the financial needs of people who were occupied in trading businesses, industry and agriculture, in and around Karur. The bank was established on November 3, 1926, under the Indian Companies Act, 1913, and on November 10, 1926, it obtained the certificate to commence business. After the Banking Regulations Act was introduced in1949, the bank received its banking license from RBI and became a scheduled commercial bank? revealing its capability to operate as a full-fledged commercial bank. Lakshmi Vilas Bank did considerable expansion of its branch network from 1961 to 1965, when the bank took over nine other banks. The bank started the development of its branch network beyond Tamil Nadu in 1974 to take benefit from the additional opportunities across India. Thus, offices were established in the neighboring states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Kerala, critical financial centres like Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi, as well as in other prominent business centers in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Gujarat.