Bally is a town in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is situated in the Howrah District and falls under the Howrah Municipal Corporation. The town is located on the banks of the Hooghly River and strategically stands in between two famous tourist spots - the Dakshineswar Kali Temple and the Belur Math. Bally is very well connected by road, rail as well as water. Three major railway lines pass through Bally - the Howrah-Barddhaman Chord Line, the Howrah?Bardhaman main line and the Sealdah-Dankuni Line. The town of Bally has five railway stations - Bally junction, Bally Ghat, Bally Halt, Rajchandrapur and Belanagar. The Grand Trunk Road passes through this town. Two bridges across the Hooghly river connects Bally with the metro city of Kolkata - the Vivekananda Setu (also known as Bally Bridge) and the Nivedita Setu. Bally also has a ferry pier called Bally Ghat which runs ferry services on the river. Bally is a residential suburb of Kolkata and most of its residents travel to the city for work.
In 2000, Indian Overseas Bank engaged in an initial public offering (IPO) that brought the governments share in the banks equity down to 75%. In 2001, the IOB acquired the Mumbai-based Adarsha Janata Sahakari Bank. Then in 2009, the bank took over Shree Suvarna Sahakari Bank, which was founded in 1969 and had its head office in Pune. Since 2006, Shree Suvarna Sahakari Bank had been in administration. It had nine offices in Pune, 2 in Mumbai and 1 in Shirpur. The total strength of employees was estimated to be more than 100. On 29 August 2003, the Indian Overseas Bank has opened an extension counter at New Kathiresan Temple complex, Bambalapitiya, Ceylon. The IOB opened a representative office in Guangzhou, China in 2005 followed which the bank opened another representative office in Kuala Lumpur and 2009 in Dubai, UAE. In the new millennium, international expansion started once again. The bank took over Bharat Overseas Bank in 2007. After three years, Malaysia granted a commercial banking license to a local bank jointly owned by BOB, IOB, and the Andhra Bank. The new bank named, India International Bank ( IIB Malaysia), began its business in 2012 in Kuala Lumpur and had a large population of Indians. The Andhra Bank holds a 25% stake in its joint-venture, BOB owns 40%, and remaining 35% is with IOB. On 31 August 2013, the Indian Overseas Bank has opened an offshore banking unit in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The bank also converted its existing Extension Counter at Ceylon into a full-fledged branch.