Panvel is a city in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is situated in the Konkan Division of the state. It is a highly populated city since it is close to Mumbai. Panvel falls within the territorial boundary of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The Panvel creek borders the city on one side and there are mountains on the other sides of the city. Panvel is surrounded by some major industrial hubs housing the units of companies such as Larsen & Toubro Ltd., Reliance, ONGC, Hindustan Organic Chemicals Ltd., IPCL, etc., providing mass employment to the residents of Panvel. The JNPT port is situated near Panvel. A new SEZ is being set up by the government around Panvel. The places worth visiting in Panvel are Karnala fort, Karnala bird sanctuary, Gadeshwar dam, Matheran, Ballaleshwar Pal, Bet El Synagogue, Varadvinayak, etc. The city is very well connected to neighboring areas via roads and railway.
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.