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.
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.