Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Amaravati to Vijayawada - Just in 5 minutes

Amaravati to Vijayawada - Just in 5 minutes

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), a Los Angeles based firm, signed a MoU with the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) on Wednesday for the same. If successful, it could well be the first Hyperloop in the world and reduce the one-hour journey from the city square in Vijayawada to the Secretariat at Velagapudi in Amaravati to just five minutes.

According to the sources, the public private partnership (PPP) project will cost between Rs 1,300-1,600 crore ($200-250 million) and create over 2,500 jobs. The first phase will see all feasibility studies and route planning, while the second will see the actual construction of the Hyperloop system. The Transportation developer HTT will examine the surrounding cityscapes to design a finest path between two cities and in the meanwhile, the company is looking to partner with local stakeholders to build the essential regulatory standards for safe and resourceful functioning.

HTT will be assisted by Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board with all the regulatory requirements to implement the Hyperloop. It will facilitate the development of HTT's Hyperloop Transportation System in Andhra Pradesh.

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In February this year, Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop One, met the then Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and promised to revolutionise transport in the country.

The Andhra Pradesh government plans to connect Vijayawada and Amaravati by Hyperloop - a proposed mode of transportation - for both passengers and goods - that was first pitched by Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk in 2012. So whether you are attempting to get from Point A to Point B in the U.S., Europe, or Asia, you may soon have a super high-speed option.

Hyperloop involves high-speed movement in capsule-like vehicles through a pressurised tube. However, in this scenario, if the walls of the tube and the capsule are too close together, the capsule will behave like a syringe and eventually be forced to push the entire column of air in the system. The state's earlier capital, Hyderabad, became the capital of the then newly formed state of Telangana, post bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in 2014.

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