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.
The Shamrao Vithal Co-op. Bank Ltd. or SVC Cooperative Bank Limited, is a banking company incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956 a scheduled bank, and one of the oldest Urban Co-operative Bank in India built in 1906. The bank was set up when co-operation was just started in the country. It was established with the primary aim of helping the less fortunate members of the community under the ambit of its economic enterprises. It was also to encourage savings and to create funds for providing financial aid to deserving members.Mr. Rao Bahadur Shripad Subbarao Talmaki was the chief architect of the Bank. The Bank was initially registered as a Co-operative Credit Society on 27 December 1906. The Bank is present in 10 States of India. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, Goa, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. In 1907, cumulative deposit scheme, fixed deposit scheme and saving bank deposit were introduced by the bank. After that in 1911, the facilities for remittance were made available to the members by the draft. In 1913, the cash credit scheme was introduced by the bank. In 1956, facilities were thrown open to all communities. In 1988, the Shamrao Vithal bank was conferred the scheduled bank status.