Chhapra or Chapra is located in the Saran district of the Indian state of Bihar. This city is located near the confluence of the Ghaghara and the Ganges River. Dr. Rajendra Prasad, a freedom fighter and the first president of India was from Chhapra. Chhapra gained attention and prominence as a river-based market during the 18th century when the French, Dutch, Portuguese and English established saltpeter refineries in the region. It became a municipality in 1864. The city has good rail and road connections with the rest of the country and it is very close to the neighboring state of Uttar Pradesh. Ambika Bhavani in Chhapra is a well-known shakti peeth temple.
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.