Panvel is a city in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is situated in the Konkan Division of the state. It is a highly populated city since it is close to Mumbai. Panvel falls within the territorial boundary of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The Panvel creek borders the city on one side and there are mountains on the other sides of the city. Panvel is surrounded by some major industrial hubs housing the units of companies such as Larsen & Toubro Ltd., Reliance, ONGC, Hindustan Organic Chemicals Ltd., IPCL, etc., providing mass employment to the residents of Panvel. The JNPT port is situated near Panvel. A new SEZ is being set up by the government around Panvel. The places worth visiting in Panvel are Karnala fort, Karnala bird sanctuary, Gadeshwar dam, Matheran, Ballaleshwar Pal, Bet El Synagogue, Varadvinayak, etc. The city is very well connected to neighboring areas via roads and railway.
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.