Akola is a city in the Vidarbha region of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is known for being one of the largest producers of cotton in the entire country and has hence received the nickname of the Cotton City. It is a striking road and rail junction near the Tapti River valley, which is also a commercial trading center chiefly for cotton. The city with roughly 5 lakh people, is governed by Akola Municipal Corporation. The city lies near the Tropic of Cancer and experiences a tropical humid climate and the residents are mostly found donning plain cotton clothes. Akola city is known for its many agricultural universities alongside veterinary colleges, engineering, medical and normal degree colleges. Cotton production and textile industry chiefly drive the economy of Akola. Akola has a very good grain market which contributes to the citys economy. The city has mills for pulses and oil. The IT sector is also growing at a fast pace. Standing on the banks of the Morna River, the city of Akola is rapidly developing.
The Axis bank was founded in 1993 as UTI Bank. It is headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra and as of 2018, the bank has a network of 3,703 branches. It has the most extensive ATM network among the private banks. In 2007, the UTI Bank name was changed to Axis Bank. It commenced its operations in 1993 after the GOI allowed the establishment of new private banks. The first branch of the bank was inaugurated in 1994 in Ahmedabad by Mr.Manmohan Singh, who was the Finance Minister of India at that time. The UTI bank was promoted by the Unit Trust of India, LIC, General Insurance Corporation, Oriental Insurance Corporation and few other insurance companies. It became the first bank to launch the travel currency card in 2003 and got listed on London Stock Exchange in 2005. The first overseas branch of UTI Bank was opened in Singapore in 2006 and 2011 it opened an office in Colombo. Deepika Padukone, an actor from Bollywood industry, is the brand ambassador of the Axis Bank. As of March 2016, the bank had more than 50,000 employees. In mobile banking, the bank has introduced Axis pay to facilitate the payments through UPI Interface.