Kamarhati is a city and a municipality in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located in the Barrackpore subdivision of the North 24 Parganas district. The place was initially a refugee colony soon after the partition of Bengal as many squatters from East Pakistan flocked to this area and encroached upon the public as well as private land. Within a very short time, these refugees initiated all the amenities required for a comfortable lifestyle and developed a proper society. Kamarhati belongs to the Kolkata Urban Agglomerate and houses around 3.5 lakh residents. There are several industrial units in Kamarhati like Texmaco Rail and Engineering Ltd, Kamarhatty Company Ltd (jute mill), Agarpara Jute Mills, Prabartak Jute Mills Ltd, National Tobacco Company Industries Ltd, WIMCO (a Swedish match company), Allied Ceramics Private Limited, Emami Paper Mills Ltd, etc. The Dakshineshwar Temple is located in this area and it draws thousands of devotees every day.
On 19th February 1943, the OBC was started in Lahore, Pakistan by Late Rai Bahadur Lala Sohan Lal, the founding father of Oriental Bank of Commerce. The bank had to face the after-effects of partition in 1947. The branches in the newly formed Pakistan had shut, and the Registered Office had shifted from Lahore to Amritsar. The registered office was relocated to Delhi, in the year 1951. In 1980, it was nationalized by the Indian government. The merchant banking division of the bank was set up in 1992, and it was authorized by SEBI to act as a category-I merchant banker. In the year 1997, Punjab Co-operative Bank Ltd and Bari Doab Bank Ltd were merged with the OBC bank. The bank had joined hands with Citibank for launching OBC co-branded credit card. In the year 1999, OBC had set up asset recovery branch, one each at Delhi and Mumbai. For women entrepreneurs in the year 2002, the Bank had opened a specialized office and collaborated with Corporation Bank for sharing ATM network. In the year 2003, CBS, OBC had joined hands with Infosys Technologies Ltd and Wipro Ltd to make Centralised Banking Solution. In the same year, the OBC Bank and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) had agreed to work on projects in the field of small-scale, infrastructure and service areas. In February 2008, the Oriental Bank Navkiran Deposit Scheme was launched by the bank. Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Company entered into a distribution tie-up with OBC in March of the year 2008.