Thane is a city in the northwestern side of Maharashtra, around 25 kilometers away from Mumbai. Just like Mumbai, Thane experiences a humid tropical climate with heavy rainfall during monsoon. An immediate neighbor of Mumbai, Thane, is an extremely populous urban agglomeration with nearly two million residents. It is a part of the huge Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Being more of a residential city, the people of Thane mostly work in the service sector of the Mumbai Metropolitan area. Thane generates the fifth largest GDP in the state. Thane holds great records of history. Indias first railroad was laid in Thane and it was the terminus for Asias first ever passenger train which was inaugurated on 6th April 1853. The train connected a stretch of 34 kilometers from Thane to Colaba. The city has rapidly developed and is now well-connected with several neighboring suburbs and other cities through railways as well as roadways. With a handsome share of skyscrapers and plenty of amenities, Thane has become one of the most well-developed and well-planned cities in Maharashtra. Thane provides a great number of opportunities as well as a lifestyle similar to Mumbais. Thane is away from the cacophony of Mumbais city life, yet it is near enough to feel Mumbais lively vibes.
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.