Kochi, the second largest city in the Indian state of Kerala, was known as Cochin earlier. Kochi is situated on the western coast of India, overlooking the Arabian Sea and is popular for its scenic beaches and beautiful backwaters. Sometimes called the Queen of the Arabian Sea, this historic city was a harbor and trading center for spices. The civic administration of Kochi is divided into 74 wards which include a few localities situated in the outskirts of the city. Kochi is considered to be the commercial capital of Kerala for its natural harbor and several industries in the areas of chemical, IT and health services. A major industrial area in Kerala, Kalamassery, is situated around 17 kilometers from the City Center and it not only houses manufacturing units but many IT and Financial firms. The LuLu Mall at Ernakulam serves as a landmark as it is the largest shopping mall in India. The Kochi Port, the Fort Kochi area, the Syro-Malabar Church and the beautiful beaches make Kochi and amazing location for tourism. It is also connected to nearby tourist destinations like Aleppy, Munnar and Thekkady. Kochi is the business center for Kerala as most of the major private banks and financial institutions have their offices in the city, catering to the different financial needs of people of Kochi.
The State Bank of India was found on 1 July 1955. The Reserve Bank of Indias stake in SBI, took over by the government of India in 2008 to remove any conflict of interest because the RBI is the banking regulatory authority of India. The government passed the (Subsidiary Banks) Act, State Bank of India in 1959. This made SBI subsidiaries free, that had belonged to princely states before their nationalization. The operational takeover between September 1959 and October 1960, had earned eight associate state banks for SBI. The SBI united with the first Five Year Plan, which prioritized the development of rural India. The government integrated these associate banks into the State Bank of India system to expand its rural outreach. The State Bank of Jaipur and State Bank of Bikaner was merged with the State Bank of India in 1963. The SBI had 59,291 ATMs as of 31st March 2017. The SBI provided an integrated digital banking platform named "YONO" to its customers. The equity shares of SBI are listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange, and NSE.