Vijayawada, known as Bezawada in the local language, is located on the banks of Krishna river in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Vijayawada is the 2nd most populous city in the state and it will soon become one of the satellite cities to the new state capital. The city works as a gateway to the rest of the country for the coastal agrarian regions of Andhra Pradesh. It also boasts of a high GDP. Vijayawada is surrounded by River Krishna which contributes to the fertile agricultural soil. Prakasham Barrage is one of the most recognizable and well-known landmarks of the city. The latest administration of the city is carried out by dividing the city into 59 wards. The economy in the city depends on agriculture along with other modern industries such as textile, automobile, hardware, consumer goods and other SMEs. There are a few large industrial estates located in and around the city which are known for heavy industries and the small-scale manufacture of auto components. Vijayawada is a major hub for education. There are many government-run and private academic institutions in the city like the SRR & CVR Government College, Andhra Loyola College, V R Siddhartha Engineering College, School of Planning and Architecture.
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.