Korba is an industrial city in the Korba District of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. It functions as the headquarter of the Korba district. This metropolitan municipality is headed by a mayor-council form of government. The area is rich in minerals, especially aluminum ore. It obtains coal from the nearby Gevra and Kusmunda mines. This industrial area houses the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), the South Eastern Coalfields (SECL), the Chhattisgarh State Power Generation Company (CSPGCL), Lanco Amarkantak Power Plant, Bharat Aluminium Company (BALCO), and many industries. Most of these industries source their water requirements from the Hasdeo River. The residents of this city are mainly employed in its industrious zone. The city is fairly well connected to other parts of the state via roads and railways. There are many branches of the Delhi public school (DPS), Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) and DAV public schools in Korba along with several institutes for higher education such as Government Engineer Vishwesarraiya Post Graduate College, Modern College of Management and Information Technology, Jyoti Bhushan Pratap Singh Law College, etc.
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.