Virgin Hyperloop One is coming to India

Virgin Hyperloop One is coming to India

Virgin Hyperloop One is an American company led by business tycoon Richard Branson that is working on commercialising the Hyperloop concept and implementing it to move passengers and/or cargo in half the time taken by air travel.

Theoretically, the system could reach speeds of up to 1,078 kilometer per hour with no turbulence.

While a high-speed Hyperloop system seems like a distant dream, it does feel one step closer with this recent announcement. Should the project be completed within the stipulated time, India might be able to edge out the UAE (with its Dubai project) and become the first country in the world to have a hyperloop transportation system.

"We have always believed that India would be a tremendous market for hyperloop". Mr. Branson said, "The proposed hyperlink system will transform the transportation system and make Maharashtra a global pioneer in the space".

The hyperloop transportation between central Pune and Navi Mumbai Airport is expected to carry 150 million passengers every year.

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As per its pre-feasibility study, Hyperloop One claims the new route could result in socio-economic benefits of over Rs 3,50,000 crore (accounting for time savings, emissions and accident reduction, operational cost savings, etc) over 30 years of operation. 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.

Once this is completed, followed by the procurement stage to determine the public-private partnership structure, the construction of the hyperloop route will commence.

Initially an operational demonstration tack will be built and the route will likely be constructed alongside the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. According to Branson, the project will be privately funded and the company is also in discussion with various other Indian partners.

Branson, signing the agreement with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said he thinks the impact of Hyperloop on India is the equivalent to the arrival of the train in the 20th century.

Hyperloop One has not shared any details of the project such as the time-line and the cost of the project. If you must know, hyperloop has stated that it intends to make this form of transport "affordable for everyone". "We are doing a feasibility study with the company, which will be ready soon and after that, we will decide how to set up hyperloop corridors across the State", said Priyank Kharge, Minister, IT and BT, Sci-tech and Tourism, Government of Karnataka.

If all goes to plan, and travel time is indeed cut down to less than 30 minutes, Mumbai and Pune could balloon into one megapolis, and what is now an intercity travel could end up being a routine commute. Musk originally estimated that a route from Los Angeles to San Francisco would cost about $6 billion, or approx $11.5 million per mile.

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