Maheshtala is an emerging city situated in the Indian State of West Bengal. It is a major municipality in South West Kolkata. The area falls under the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority or KMDA in the South 24 Parganas district of the state. There are around half a million residents of Maheshtala who are employed in various service sectors of the KMDA area. Maheshtala is well connected to various parts of the state via the Kolkata Suburban Railway. A London-based company along with a Bengali NRI has embarked upon a joint venture with the Maheshtala Municipality on a grand project to develop a mini township called the Maheshtala project. Once completed, the 44 buildings of the projects will house 2240 middle-income group flats. The company plans on improving the road infrastructure in the area to ensure a quick development.
Punjab National Bank is a financial services company and a state-owned headquartered in New Delhi, India. In 1894, the PNB was found. The bank had over 80 million customers, 6,937 branches, and 10681 ATMs across 764 cities as of 31 March 2017. Outside India, the bank has a subsidiary in the UK as well as in Hong Kong, Kowloon, Dubai, and Kabul. On 19 May 1894, the PNB was incorporated under the Indian Companies Act, with its office in Anarkali Bazaar, Lahore. The founding board from different parts of India established the bank with the common objective of creating a truly national bank which would further support the economic interest of the country. The founders of PNB included many leaders of the Swadeshi movement such as Kali Prasanna Roy, E. C. Jessawala, Prabhu Dayal, Dyal Singh Majithia and Lala Harkishen Lal, Lala Lalchand, Bakshi Jaishi Ram, and Lala Dholan Dass. The Lala Lajpat Rai was actively associated with the management of the Bank in the initial years. The board of PNB first met on 23 May 1894. On 12 April 1895, the bank began its business in Lahore. In 1900, the PNB opened its first branch outside Lahore.