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Hyperloop One’s parent company Virgin has dropped some concrete
details about their plans to bring Hyperloop to regions across
the globe. Last year, India bagged 2 out of 10 routes selected for
laying futuristic Hyperloop tunnels.
According to the latest announcement, the
Mumbai-Pune route could witness the world’s first hyperloop
test track to facilitate ultra high-speed travel
between the two cities. It will be built as a part of the
partnership between Virgin Hyperloop One and the Maharashtra
The operational demonstration track is expected to get
completed in a time span of three years linking Mumbai, Navi
Mumbai International Airport, and central Pune. And the test
rides could start as soon as 2021.
Virgin’s Hyperloop pre-feasibility studies have shown that
after 30 years of operation the Mumbai Pune route could provide
a socio-economic benefit of INR 350,000 crores ($55
billion) and cause a reduction in the emission of greenhouse
gasses by up to 150,000 tons.
The project would commence after the government gives a green
signal to the feasibility report prepared over the next six
months. Once finished, the test track between two points in the
next three years, followed by the development of the entire
route in five to seven years down the line.
Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop would be able to handle around 150
million passenger trips per year while decongesting the always
busy expressway between the cities. It would reduce the travel
time between the cities to 25 minutes from close to three
hours. A future extension would focus on lowering the cargo
transit time between Pune and Mumbai’s port. In fact, around
25% of the cargo that passes through Mumbai’s Jawaharlal
Nehru port has Pune has its origin or destination.