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 Canara Bank is the largest public sector bank. Ammembal Sube Rao Pai founded it in 1906. Its head office is in Bangalore. The bank was established as Canara Hindu Permanent Fund in 1906, Mangalore but later in 1910, the name was changed to Canara Bank. The first acquisition of Canara bank was Bank of Kerela which took place in 1961. In 1969, the GOI nationalized Canara Bank, and in 1976, it inaugurated its 1000th branch. The Canara Bank was the first bank to achieve ISO certification for "Total branch banking." The first overseas office of Canara Bank was opened in London and subsequently in Hong Kong and Shanghai. The bank has established a joint venture with SBI and incorporated Commercial Bank of India LLC in Moscow. The seventh branch of the Canara Bank was opened in New York, United States. The bank sponsors two regional rural banks, Kerela Gramin Bank and Pragathi Krishna Gramin Bank. Canara bank has launched a Unified Payment Interface app, "Empower" for its customers to transact using the mobile app.