Published: Mon, February 19, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Virgin, Maharashtra in pact to build Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop

Virgin, Maharashtra in pact to build Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop

If reports are to be believed, the travel duration between India's financial capital Mumbai and Pune might be shortened to just 25 minutes from the current three hours.

The Pune-Mumbai hyperloop project could result in $55 billion in socio-economic benefits over 30 years of operation, according to an initial study by Virgin Hyperloop One.

If you're curious about how this works, Hyperloop One proposes to transport passengers and cargo by loading them into a fully autonomous pod, which accelerates gradually using electric propulsion in a low-pressure tube. The study will be done based on route alignment, the environmental impact of the proposed project, economic and commercial viability of the route, the regulatory framework, and cost and funding model suggestions, PTI reports.

The Indian State of Maharashtra has announced their intent to build a Virgin Hyperloop between Pune and Mumbai, beginning with an operational demonstration track.

The hyperloop transportation between central Pune and Navi Mumbai Airport is expected to carry 150 million passengers every year. The Hyperloop system will also have the potential for the rapid movement of palletised freight and light cargo between the Mumbai port and Pune, creating a robust backbone for on-demand deliveries, supply chains, and next-generation logistics. Additionally, the company expects the hyperloop route to ease expressway congestion and cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 150,000 tonnes on a yearly basis. "Possibly, India may have this track as the first operationalized route, though Dubai is competing close", Branson said.

Hyperloop One's rival HTT is also planning to start hyperloop tracks in India.

Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop
Mumbai-Pune to get Hyperloop One connectivity by 2025

We have also reported that Indian Government is very interested in brining Hyperlook in India.

The project will enter a procurement stage upon the successful completion of the feasibility study to determine the public-private partnership structure.

The hyperloop is an experimental mode of surface transport, refined by maverick entrepreneur Elon Musk.

"With Virgin Hyperloop One, we can create a sustainable infrastructure that will enhance the state of Maharashtra's competitiveness and attract new investment and businesses", said Devendra Fadnavis, chief minister of Maharashtra. The second phase will target to complete construction of the full Pune-Mumbai route by 2025. The cost of building a hyperloop system would be much less than that of building a high-speed railway line, The Hindu Business Line quoted Branson as saying.

Actually, the company hopes to eventually set up a network, creating "the largest connected urban area in the world by linking almost 75 million people across the three metropolitan areas " of the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh". "Reliance will set up India's first-ever integrated industrial areas for the fourth industrial revolution in the state". The Memorandums of Understanding signed with the latter states governments previous year to conduct feasibility studies were a step in this direction.

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