Maheshtala is an emerging city situated in the Indian State of West Bengal. It is a major municipality in South West Kolkata. The area falls under the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority or KMDA in the South 24 Parganas district of the state. There are around half a million residents of Maheshtala who are employed in various service sectors of the KMDA area. Maheshtala is well connected to various parts of the state via the Kolkata Suburban Railway. A London-based company along with a Bengali NRI has embarked upon a joint venture with the Maheshtala Municipality on a grand project to develop a mini township called the Maheshtala project. Once completed, the 44 buildings of the projects will house 2240 middle-income group flats. The company plans on improving the road infrastructure in the area to ensure a quick development.
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.