Panihati is a developing city in the North 24 Parganas district of the Indian state of West Bengal. It is a part of Kolkata Urban Agglomeration with more than 3 lakh residents. Panihati municipality is a part of the Kolkata Metropolitan Area Development Area or KMDA. There are prestigious educational institutions such as the St. Xaviers Institution, the Narula Institute of Technology, Guru Nanak Institute of Technology, etc. in the vicinity of the city. The small city is well connected via railways with two important railway stations - Agarpara and Sodepur in the vicinity. The place is known for hosting many industries. The Bengal Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals at Panihati is a leading manufacturer of medicines. The Bengal Waterproof Works Private Ltd. is popular for their brand Duckback. The Texmaco Rail and Engineering Ltd. has five manufacturing units in and around Panihati. The residents are either employed in these industries or they travel to the various service sectors of the KMDA region for work.
The Bandhan Bank Ltd. is based in Kolkata, West Bengal. Bandhan started as a micro-finance company in 2001 and received its banking license from the RBI in 2014. On 27th March 2018, it became the 8th largest bank in India by market capitalization. The Bank has 840 branches, 2,443 Doorstep Services, 282 ATMs and 12,004 Mini-ATMs or Hand-Held Devices according to the Annual Report of the bank (2016-17). Mr. Harun Rasid Khan is the chairman of the Bandhan Bank. In July 2016, he had been the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. The founder cum managing director and chief executive officer of the Bandhan Bank are Mr. Chandra Shekhar Ghosh. The RBI licensing norms state explicitly that a new bank must have a ? 500 crore capital. The Bandhan Financial Services Limited (BFSL), one of the largest microfinance organization in India owns The Bandhan Financial Holdings. The SIDBI bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Financial Inclusion Trust, North Eastern Financial Inclusion Trust, Singapore Sovereign Wealth Fund GIC and the Bandhan Employees Welfare Trust are the significant investors in the parent organization of Bandhan Bank. The Bandhan Bank get listed on the Bombay stock exchange. On 23rd August 2015, the Bandhan bank was launched by the Union Minister of Finance, Shri Arun Jaitley Ji in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. After a year, the first-anniversary celebration of Bandhan Bank was attended by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee. For mobile banking, the Bandhan bank has launched m Bandhan app which is available for download on google play store and apple store. The users can check their account information and make money transfers through the app.