Barasat is a neighborhood in Kolkata, situated in the Indian state of West Bengal. It functions as the headquarters of the North 24 Parganas district as well as the Barasat Sadar subdivision. Known for its strategic location at a railway and road junction, Barasat is a regional transportation hub. Several important roads, including National Highway 12, National Highway 112 pass through the town. During the Mughal period, Sankar Chakraborty (who was a commander of the king of Jessore in Bangladesh) came to Barasat and established himself. During the British era, the officials of the East India Company made Barasat a weekend retreat by constructing houses with gardens. Warren Hastings had built his villa in the heart of the region. The place was known for its indigo cultivation and thus contributed largely to the economy of the state. The city is located in the Gangetic plain. Today, the fertile land of the area ensures the cultivation of crops like rice, legumes, potatoes, sugarcane and coconuts. Prestigious academic institutes such as West Bengal State University, Barasat Government College, Brainware University, Adamas University, etc. are located in Barasat. The city has many Ashramas dedicated to different saints and gurus for the Hindu devotees.
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.