The city of Howrah is considered to be Kolkata?s twin. It is an industrial city situated in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal. The Hooghly River acts as a divider between Howrah and the state capital Kolkata. Thus, this city lies on the banks of the Hooghly River and hosts the administrative headquarters of Howrah district. There are four famous bridges in Howrah that connects it to Kolkata. Among these, the Howrah bridge is a popular landmark. The city has a long history and rich culture tied with that of Kolkata. The economy of the city is chiefly dependent on agriculture and manufacturing industries. Crops such as paddy, oilseeds, pulses, potato and vegetables are grown as well as traded. The Howrah railway station has remarkable connectivity. The busiest railway station in the state, it not only connects the capital city of Kolkata to all its suburbs and neighboring cities but also connects it to the rest of the country through the Eastern and South-eastern Railways. Howrah houses educational institutions and universities like Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU) and Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira. Tourists who visit Kolkata enjoy a stroll in the Indian Botanical Garden at Howrah which houses the largest Banyan Tree in the world. The Rail Museum located near the Howrah Railway station is an enjoyable experience for children. The Belur Math Ramakrishna Mission is a scenic spot that attracts tourists as well as devotees.
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.