Bullet train is not the only thing the Modi government is looking to bring in India. The Fadnavis government in Maharashtra is looking to bring another super fast mode of transport in for the state and this time it is the Hyperloop. India may become the one of the first countries to have a Hyperloop services.
According to a report published in Mumbai mirror, Pune metropolitan region development authority (PMRDA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Hyperloop One a Los Angeles based company. The Maharashtra government is looking to have a Hyperloop service in-between Pune and Mumbai. It can reduce the duration of Mumbai-Pune journey from 3 to 4 hours to 15 minutes. The Hyperloop may also connect the Airports in the state such as connecting upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport to Shiv Chhatrapati International Airport.
“Hyperloop is the future of Mass Rapid Transport System (MRTS) developed for demands of the 21st century. It requires high density traffic for becoming viable means of rapid public transport, which is available between Pune and Mumbai,” said Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Hyperloop is a proposed mode of transport which will carry passengers in railway compartment like pods via electro-magnetic propulsion through a low pressure tube. There are no running Hyperloop service in the world yet though many countries are working on it. A project Connecting Abu Dhabi to Dubai in 12 minutes is in the pipeline. Ultraspeed Australia an aussie Hyperloop company is working on a similar project in Australia. Hyperloop One aims to have three services around the world by 2021. They recently completed first full scale tests at a track in Nevada deserts, USA.