Thane is a city in the northwestern side of Maharashtra, around 25 kilometers away from Mumbai. Just like Mumbai, Thane experiences a humid tropical climate with heavy rainfall during monsoon. An immediate neighbor of Mumbai, Thane, is an extremely populous urban agglomeration with nearly two million residents. It is a part of the huge Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Being more of a residential city, the people of Thane mostly work in the service sector of the Mumbai Metropolitan area. Thane generates the fifth largest GDP in the state. Thane holds great records of history. Indias first railroad was laid in Thane and it was the terminus for Asias first ever passenger train which was inaugurated on 6th April 1853. The train connected a stretch of 34 kilometers from Thane to Colaba. The city has rapidly developed and is now well-connected with several neighboring suburbs and other cities through railways as well as roadways. With a handsome share of skyscrapers and plenty of amenities, Thane has become one of the most well-developed and well-planned cities in Maharashtra. Thane provides a great number of opportunities as well as a lifestyle similar to Mumbais. Thane is away from the cacophony of Mumbais city life, yet it is near enough to feel Mumbais lively vibes.
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.