Meerut is a thriving city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is the second largest urban agglomerate in the National Capital Region with nearly 1.5 million residents. It lies between the plains of the Ganga and the Yamuna. The city is known to be the largest manufacturer of sports equipment and musical instruments. Meerut was considered to be among the ancient cities of Hastinapur, the capital of the Kaurava and the Pandava kingdoms as mentioned in the Hindu epic Mahabharata. The city dates back to the ancient Indus Valley civilization. Meerut is divided into 80 wards for administration, which are represented by elected corporators. Meeruts economy is principally based on manufacturing industries. Apart from sports and musical instruments, the city also has textile, sugar, distillery, chemical, paper, publishing and handloom industries. Meerut is known for its gold market, which is one of the largest jewelry markets in Asia. Over 25,000 skilled craftsmen are employed in this market, who process around 60 kilograms of the gold in a day. Meerut also has many educational institutes like Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology, Swami Vivekanand Subharti University and Shobhit University. Notable places to visit when traveling to Meerut include Amarnath Mandir, Gandhi Bagh, Basilica of Our Lady of Graces and Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary. The city has top-notch infrastructure as it is well connected to all the important cities in North India. Meerut is just 70 kilometers away from the country capital New Delhi. This proximity serves as a boon for Meerut as the connectivity ensures a citys economic welfare.
The government owns 63.44% of the share capital of Union Bank of India making it one of the largest government-owned bank. As on 30 September 2015, the Union Bank had a network of 6909 ATMs. The online telebanking facility of UBI is available to all the Core Banking Customers, either individual or corporate. UBI had 4214 branches, as of September 2016. Out of them, four bank branches are outside India in Hong Kong, Antwerp, and Sydney (Australia) Dubai International Financial Centre. The representative offices of UBI are at Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, Beijing. The Union Bank of India (Union Bank) was registered as a limited company in Mumbai on 11 November 1919, and Mahatma Gandhi inaugrated it. The Union Bank of India had only four branches - three in Mumbai and one in Saurashtra at the time of Independence in 1947. After Independence, the growth of UBI was accelerated, and the Indian Government nationalized it in 1969. It had 240 branches by that time. The Union Bank of India acquired Belgaum Bank shortly after nationalization. The UBI bought the Miraj State Bank in 1985. In 1999 the Union Bank was requested by the RBI to acquire Sikkim Bank in a rescue after extensive irregularities had been discovered at the non-scheduled bank.