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 has 14,000 ATMs, nine international offices, and 3,304 branches. The head office of Axis Bank is in Mumbai and registered office in Ahmedabad. The Axis Bank is the third largest private-sector bank in India offering a comprehensive range of financial products. The bank employed over 55,000 people and had a market capitalization of ?1.28 trillion, as of March 31, 2017. As of 30 Jun. 2016, the promoters & promoter group (United India Insurance Company Limited, Oriental Insurance Company Limited, National Insurance Company Limited, New India Assurance Company Ltd, GIC, LIC & UTI) owns the 30.81% shares of the Axis Bank. The rest of the 69.19% shares are held by Mutual Funds Institutions, FIIs, Financial Institutions (banks), Insurance companies, corporate bodies & individual investors among others. The registered office of the UTI bank was opened in Ahmedabad, and corporate office was opened in Mumbai in December 1993. Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Finance Minister of India, inaugurated the first branch on 2 April 1994 in Ahmedabad. After the Government of India allowed new private banks to be incorporated, the UTI Bank began its operations in 1993. In 2001 UTI Bank agreed to merge with and amalgamate Global Trust Bank, but the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) withheld approval, and nothing came of this. In 2004 the RBI put Global Trust into moratorium and supervised its merger into Oriental Bank of Commerce. The UTI Bank became the first Indian bank to launch the travel currency card in 2003. On July 30, 2007, UTI Bank changed its name to Axis Bank.