Hyperloop Wants to Link Mumbai & Pune

Hyperloop chairman Bibop Gresta has submitted a proposal for the Mumbai-Pune Link

On December 6, the US-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies proposed to link Mumbai and Pune with its Hyperloop system. Hyperloop has submitted a proposal to the Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari, chairman Bibop Gresta said.

From livemint:

Once it gets approval, Hyperloop will do a feasibility study in six to eight months. The company says it can start operations in 38 months.

“India is the perfect mix of high-density, lack of infrastructure and political willingness. We are talking about a feasibility study which can become a real track once the study is positive. If the government wants to do it, we are ready,” Gresta said in an interview.

Hyperloop is developing a new revolutionary type of transportation system. It uses pods which run at over 1300 km/hr. Many of these projects may cost around $40 million to build.

“The cost depends on the location. To be generic, it will be $40 million per km. But it is one-fourth of high-speed rail. When you consider investment in infrastructure, you also consider how fast you can recoup it. This investment can be recouped in eight years,” he said.

Hyperloop is in discussions with about 20 countries to launch a similar project to that of India. It has signed with Slovakia, Nigeria, Abu Dhabi and California.

Hyperloop is also looking to build four other connections in India apart from the Mumbai-Pune link.

About Hyperloop

Hyperloop is a new way to move people and things at airline speeds for the price of a bus ticket. It’s on-demand, energy-efficient and safe. Think: broadband for transportation.

It uses custom electric motor to accelerate and decelerate a levitated pod through a low-pressure tube. The vehicle will glide silently for miles with no turbulence.

It started in 2014 in a Los Angeles garage. It now comprises of 200 people on three campuses in LA and Nevada.

It has tested its motor in May, 2016, and will test the full system in early 2017. It is developing routes in five countries. The goal is to be moving cargo by 2020 and passengers by 2021.

According to Hyperloop:

“The world is ready for a new mode of transportation that will change the way we live. We’re in the business of selling time, the most precious resource there is. When cities become metro stops, regions will flourish.”

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