Bidhannagar, in the Indian state of West Bengal, is popularly known as Salt Lake City. It is a planned satellite town that was developed between 1958 and 1965 in order to accommodate the growing population of Kolkata. It is a small-sized neighbor of Kolkata and is connected to the metro city via Eastern Metropolitan Bypass. The city is well planned and organized into numerous blocks. The city is also well divided into academic, commercial and residential zones. Sector 5 of Bidhannagar houses the IT sector of Kolkata where leading MNCs have set up their offices. There are several prestigious academic institutions in the area such as All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Government College of Engineering and Leather Technology, Aliah University, Bidhannagar College, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Institute of Engineering and Management, West Bengal University of Technology, etc. Apart from the thriving IT industry, Bidhannagar houses several government offices, especially of the West Bengal State Education Board. The residents of the area are either employed in the IT and government sectors within the city or travel to the adjoining metro city of Kolkata for work. West Bengals only International football stadium, the Yuva Bharati Krirangan is located in this area.
The Shamrao Vithal Co-op. Bank Ltd. or SVC Cooperative Bank Limited, is a banking company incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956 a scheduled bank, and one of the oldest Urban Co-operative Bank in India built in 1906. The bank was set up when co-operation was just started in the country. It was established with the primary aim of helping the less fortunate members of the community under the ambit of its economic enterprises. It was also to encourage savings and to create funds for providing financial aid to deserving members.Mr. Rao Bahadur Shripad Subbarao Talmaki was the chief architect of the Bank. The Bank was initially registered as a Co-operative Credit Society on 27 December 1906. The Bank is present in 10 States of India. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, Goa, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. In 1907, cumulative deposit scheme, fixed deposit scheme and saving bank deposit were introduced by the bank. After that in 1911, the facilities for remittance were made available to the members by the draft. In 1913, the cash credit scheme was introduced by the bank. In 1956, facilities were thrown open to all communities. In 1988, the Shamrao Vithal bank was conferred the scheduled bank status.