Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday said that US-based Virgin HyperloopOne plans to send engineers to Pune as the Maharashtra government is exploring the hyperloop technology between Mumbai and Pune to cut down travel time to 25 minutes between the two cities.
Virgin HyperloopOne plans to send engineers to Pune shortly to conduct a study.
- Hyperloop will reduce greenhouse gas emissions up to 1,50,000 ton annually.
- Pune, which now is around four hours, will get reduced to just 25 min.
- Virgin HyperloopOne plans to send engineers to Pune shortly to conduct a study.
- CM Fadnavis in US has met the company’s CEO and board member.
The travel time between Mumbai and Pune, which now is around four hours, will get reduced to just 25 minutes if a high-tech transportation system being explored by the Maharashtra government is implemented. The government is exploring the hyperloop technology to drastically cut the travel time between the two key cities, located around 200km away from each other. It has approached a US-based firm, Virgin HyperloopOne, for the modern train project.
“We have signed an agreement with Maharashtra to build a Virgin Hyperloop between Mumbai and Pune, beginning with an operational demonstration track in the region,” Virgin Group chairman Richard Branson
Virgin Group Founder and Virgin Hyperloop One chairman Sir Richard Branson announced the framework agreement in the presence of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to initiate the development of the route under the auspices of the Magnetic Maharashtra event.
What is interesting is India may well be the first market for Hyperloop One and will debut even before Middle East, Northern Europe or United States of America, where Hyperloop One is considering rolling out its service.
“Mumbai-Pune is one of the most busiest routes in the world, anybody who uses it regularly knows it can be unpleasant route to travel on. The study just shows that the opportunity is enormous and the government is welcoming it with open arms and they are working very closely with us to make it happen. Three years from now we will finish the test run on this route and six to seven years from now the route will be commercially opened,” informed Branson.
Virgin Hyperloop has a capability of going up to 1000 kms per hour, but the study done currently has been based on an average of 350 kms per hour. In time, with the evolution of infrastructure the speeds can be taken upto to 600-1000 kms per hour.
It is noteworthy that 70 per cent of materials and components required for hyperloop can be sourced within Maharashtra itself, the statement added.
The electric efficient hyperloop system will ease expressway congestion and reduce greenhouse gas emissions up to 1,50,000 ton annually, the statement added.
Apart from Maharashtra, Virgin Hyperloop has been in active discussion with Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka state government to introducing hyperloops in those markets.