Avadi is a residential city near Chennai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is considered to be a Special Grade Municipality of the Chennai Metropolitan Area which is soon to receive an upgrade to a Corporation. It is a developed area with around 3.5 lakh population. It is believed that the citys name is an acronym for Armoured Vehicles and Ammunition Depot of India. The lies on the banks of the huge and thriving Avadi Lake. The water from the lake is often utilized for the cultivation of farmlands and it also attracts several birds during various seasons. This advanced city has a renowned waste management system which converts solid household wastes into compost and manure. Avadis government establishment mainly drives its economy. The major military divisions in the vicinity of Avadi are the Indian Army, Indian Air Force, Indian Navy, Heavy Vehicles Factory, Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment, CRPF, The Ordnance Depot, Central Vehicle Depot, etc. The city is known for its plenty of Hindu temples.
In 2000, Indian Overseas Bank engaged in an initial public offering (IPO) that brought the governments share in the banks equity down to 75%. In 2001, the IOB acquired the Mumbai-based Adarsha Janata Sahakari Bank. Then in 2009, the bank took over Shree Suvarna Sahakari Bank, which was founded in 1969 and had its head office in Pune. Since 2006, Shree Suvarna Sahakari Bank had been in administration. It had nine offices in Pune, 2 in Mumbai and 1 in Shirpur. The total strength of employees was estimated to be more than 100. On 29 August 2003, the Indian Overseas Bank has opened an extension counter at New Kathiresan Temple complex, Bambalapitiya, Ceylon. The IOB opened a representative office in Guangzhou, China in 2005 followed which the bank opened another representative office in Kuala Lumpur and 2009 in Dubai, UAE. In the new millennium, international expansion started once again. The bank took over Bharat Overseas Bank in 2007. After three years, Malaysia granted a commercial banking license to a local bank jointly owned by BOB, IOB, and the Andhra Bank. The new bank named, India International Bank ( IIB Malaysia), began its business in 2012 in Kuala Lumpur and had a large population of Indians. The Andhra Bank holds a 25% stake in its joint-venture, BOB owns 40%, and remaining 35% is with IOB. On 31 August 2013, the Indian Overseas Bank has opened an offshore banking unit in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The bank also converted its existing Extension Counter at Ceylon into a full-fledged branch.