Viral desai

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Born (1978-06-06) June 6, 1978 (age 46)
Bharuch in Gujarat, India
  • Bcom
  • MA in Economics
  • Post-graduation in MBA Marketing
  • Entrepreneur
  • Environmentalist
  • Philanthropist

Viral Sudhirbhai Desai is an Entrepreneur, Environmentalist, and Philanthropist from Surat, India. He is known as the 'Green Man'. He is also the founder of 'Hearts at Work Foundation', a Social Welfare initiative of Zenitex established in the year 2008. He is involved in many philanthropic activities. Such as anti-tobacco campaigns providing edutainment for children, Rehabilitation of unemployed workers, to spreading awareness regarding Breast Cancer. He is noted for planting and taking care of more than 1,50,000 trees in the South Gujarat region. Viral Desai conceptualised Udhna railway station in Surat based on green model. He executed the project of transforming Udhna Railway Station to the 'first green railway station of India.' [1]

Under Hearts at Work Foundation, Viral Desai has done many Cancer Awareness and Free check-up camps. He organized the breast cancer screening camp in the Dang region of Gujarat in 2013. During this camp.[2]

He’s initiatives for social work have been mentioned in the book ‘Marching with a Billion – Analysing Narendra Modi’s Government at Mid-Term.' This book is written by Uday Mahurkar.[3] He is awarded by the Best Industry of Gujarat for the Quality and Environmental Protection by Government of Gujarat.[4]

Viral Desai were mentioned in The Economist 2014 report (London) titled ‘Breaking Borders from Canada to China’.[5]

Viral Desai was gifted 250 trees by Group Landmark along with the delivery of his new Mercedes car by the Mercedes-Benz, in recognition of his environmental protection activities.[6][7]

Early Life

Viral Desai was born on the 6th of June 1978, in the city of Bharuch in Gujarat, India. He did graduation in Bcom. Later he completed his MA in Economics and post-graduation in MBA Marketing.

Environmental welfare

He has successfully launched the first 'Green Railway Station' in India at Udhna Train station near Surat. Viral Desai with his voluntary team revamped the entire railway station, turning it into a green lung of Surat. More than 3500 trees were planted around the station.[8][9][10][11][12]

He has also created the first 'Urban forest of Indian Railways (Shahid SmritiVan) in the RPF colony of Udhna to pay tribute to the brave martyrs of the Indian Army. This urban forest is created on the Miyawaki Forestation technique.[13] He also has planted more than 1,50,000 trees at various locations and places in the South Gujarat Region.

Viral Desai has been the pioneer in starting a trend of celebrating the Indian festival of Ganesha, using the environment friendly idol ‘Tree Ganesha’.[14][15][16][17]

Viral has taken steps to increase the number of sparrows in the surat, gujarat. He has distributed more than thousands of nests. Simultaneously, he has also arranged a large number of nests, feeders, and water for sparrows at the Green Udhna Station.[18][19]

Professional Career

Viral Desai is the Founder and Chairman of Hearts at Work Foundation.[20] He is also an founder and CEO of Zenitex an textile business based on surat gujarat.[21]


  • Outstanding Entrepreneur of the year Award, 2009[22]
  • National Award for Outstanding Entrepreneurship, 2010
  • National Energy Conservation Award, 2011[23]
  • The Mahatma Gandhi Sanman – House Of Lords, UK, 2015[24]
  • Make In India Emerging Entrepreneur Award, India Today, 2016[25]
  • BHARAT GAURAV AWARD, 2019[26][27][28][29][30]


  1. "A Surat Entrepreneur Is On A Mission To Turn Udhana Railway Station Into India's First Green Railway Station | News". NDTV-Dettol Banega Swasth Swachh India. 2019-06-24. Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  2. "સુરત: આ ઉદ્યોગપતિએ પર્યાવરણ બચાવવા કર્યું અનોખુ કામ". Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  3. Mahurkar, Uday (2017-05-26). Marching with a Billion: Analysing Narendra Modi’s Government at Midterm. Random House Publishers India Pvt. Limited. ISBN 978-93-86495-84-6.
  4. "Zenitex Viral Desai gets awarded at the Vibrant Gujarat 2019". ANI News. Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  5. "Breaking borders: From Canada to China, barriers overshadow growth for expanding SMEs". Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  6. ANI (2018-10-15). "Mercedes car dealership goes green for Viral Sudhirbhai Desai". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  7. "Mercedes car dealership goes green for Viral Sudhirbhai Desai". ANI News. Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  8. "માત્ર સાત જ મહિનામાં ગ્રીન મેને તૈયાર કર્યું ઘેઘ". Khabarpatri. 2020-07-30. Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  9. "વેસ્ટર્ન રેલવેનું પ્રથમ ગ્રીન સ્ટેશન બન્યું સુરતનું ઉધના રેલવે સ્ટેશન". ETV Bharat News. Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  10. Jun 6, TNN / Updated:; 2019; Ist, 11:08. "Western Railway's efforts for green Udhana station gets NGO support | Surat News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2021-01-31.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  11. "उधना होगा देश का पहला ग्रीन स्टेशन". Patrika News (in hindi). Retrieved 2021-01-31.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  12. Feb 28, TNN / Updated:; 2019; Ist, 11:34. "Surat: Western Railway to develop Udhna as a 'green railway station' | Surat News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2021-01-31.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  13. "સુરત: ઉધના રેલવે સ્ટેશન પર મિયાવાકી પધ્ધતિથી સાત મહિનામાં અર્બન ફોરેરસ્ટ તૈયાર થયું". Divya Bhaskar (in ગુજરાતી). 2020-07-30. Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  14. World, Republic. "Tree Ganesha installed in Surat by the Green Man of Gujarat". Republic World. Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  15. "Green Ganpati by Green Man of Gujarat becomes centre of attraction for students". ANI News. Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  16. Brand Voice (2020-07-15). "Tree Ganesha 'Each One Plant One Movement' Gets Overwhelming Response From India And Overseas". ED Times | Youth Media Channel. Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  17. "Greenman Viral Desai's "Tree Ganesha" movement receives support from across the World". ANI News. Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  18. Gujarat, Real News. "ચકલીઓના સંરક્ષણ માટે ગ્રીનમેન વિરલ દેસાઈએ કરી નવી પહેલ". Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  19. "સુરતના ઉધના રેલવે સ્ટેશન પર ચકલીના માળા અને પાણીની વ્યવસ્થા કરાઈ". Divya Bhaskar (in ગુજરાતી). 2020-03-20. Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  20. "About | HEARTS@WORK FOUNDATION". Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  21. "Zenitex – Most Awarded Textile Company in India at State & National Level for its Energy conservation, Environment Protection & Social Responsibility/Community Welfare Initiatives". Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  22. "Awards Details | HEARTS@WORK FOUNDATION". Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  23. "National Energy Conservation Awards | Bureau of Energy Efficiency". Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  24. "Viral Desai Receives 'Mahatma Gandhi Samman' | IndianApparel | News & Insights". Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  25. July 7, MG Arun; July 18, 2016 ISSUE DATE:; July 8, 2016UPDATED:; Ist, 2016 11:28. "Movers and makers". India Today. Retrieved 2021-01-31.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  26. "Bharat Gaurav Award !! Bharat Gaurav Lifetime Achievement Award !! Award Ceremony of Bharat Gaurav !! Bharat Gaurav Award Photos !! Bharat Gaurav Lifetime Achievement Award Photos !! Award Ceremony of Bharat Gaurav Video !!!". LearnDash. Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  27. "Bharat Gaurav is Gujarat Gaurav". ANI News. Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  28. "વિરલ દેસાઈ સહીત 33 ભારતીયને લંડનમાં ભારત ગૌરવ પુરસ્કારથી સન્માનિત કર્યા". ETV Bharat News. Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  29. "સુરતના ગ્રીન મેન અને યુવા ઉદ્યોગપતિ વિરલ દેસાઈને ભારત ગૌરવ પુરસ્કાર". Khabarpatri. 2019-08-07. Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  30. ANI (2019-08-02). "Bharat Gaurav is Gujarat Gaurav". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2021-01-31.

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