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India Today - - SIMPLY HYDERABAD -

AB­HI­NAV GANGUMALLA, 26, AND SAN­TOSH BANPUR, 26

Green ac­tivists IIT grad­u­ates Ab­hi­nav Gangumalla and San­tosh Banpur gave up their jobs as trans­porta­tion plan­ner and elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer re­spec­tively af­ter three years of cor­po­rate life. They launched their ven­ture Hy­der­abad Goes Green ear­lier this year and these days, noth­ing makes them hap­pier than sell­ing eco-friendly prod­ucts or hold­ing eco-aware­ness work­shops. “We bridge the gap be­tween peo­ple who want to adopt a green life­style and those sell­ing green prod­ucts and ser­vices,” says Ab­hi­nav.

GREEN TRAIL Hy­der­abad Goes Green was first launched as an online store in Septem­ber, 2010 with the phys­i­cal store that houses eco-friendly ware com­ing into be­ing in July, 2011. As their first project, they sold a ton of nat­u­ral Holi colours made by trib­als, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with other part­ners. Home com­post­ing or the prac­tice of con­vert­ing do­mes­tic waste into use­ful gar­den­ing ma­nure, is an­other area of their work. “We ed­u­cate peo­ple and in­tro­duce them to a greener life­style by work­ing on waste man­age­ment and green cover (like roof gar­dens) so­lu­tions with them,” says San­tosh.

FU­TURE WISE Us­ing Hy­der­abad Goes Green as a model, they are al­ready work­ing to­wards tak­ing this con­cept to other cities like Mum­bai, Ben­galuru, Pune, Chen­nai, Delhi and Ahmed­abad.

Con­tact: www.hy­der­abad­goes­green.com

sec­ond opinion

“Hy­der­abad Goes Green is a great en­ter­prise in the city for peo­ple who

have the in­tent but don’t know how to prac­tice a green life­style”

J K LAK­SHMI, SE­NIOR LEC­TURER, IN­DIAN IN­STI­TUTE OF PUB­LIC HEALTH

“We want to make eco-friendly prac­tices cool and prac­ti­cal so that more and more peo­ple adopt them”

Ab­hi­nav gangumalla

SRINI­VAS

Ab­hi­nav Gangumalla (left) and San­tosh Banpur at their store

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