The phase one construction of Mumbai-Pune hyperloop route may start at the end of 2019

The phase one construction of Mumbai-Pune high speed hyperloop route is expected to start by the end of 2019. The hyperloop route is being built by American company, Virgin Hyperloop one.

A Hyperloop is a proposed mode of passenger and/or freight transportation. Drawing heavily from Robert Goddard’s vactrain, a hyperloop is a sealed tube or system of tubes through which a pod may travel free of air resistance or friction conveying people or objects at high speed while being very efficient.

Harj Dhaliwal, the group’s managing director for the Middle East and India, told Construction Week that Virgin Hyperloop One is looking to start Phase 1 work on its proposed Mumbai-Pune ultra-high speed hyperloop route in India before the end of 2019. Upon the completion of the project, the travel time to cover the 140 km journey from Mumbai to Pune can potentially reduce from 3.5 hours to just 25 minutes.

Virigin Hyperloop One’s Indian route will link Navi Mumbai International Airport in Mumbai to the city of Pune, and is expected to benefit the combined population of 26 million of both the cities.

Virgin Hyperloop One plans to get certification work completed between end-2023 and early-2024, which would allow the firm to move into Phase 2, including construction work.

“We have really been focusing on putting a detailed project report together [to cover] preliminary engineering, costing, finalising, and more importantly, what a concession agreement would look like,” Dhaliwal said.

“We are hoping to have all of that concluded in the next two-three weeks.”

Before that, however, the group must enter Maharashtra state’s procurement process, he added: “The state government is going to request us to submit formally our technical and financial offer to design, build, operate, and maintain that hyperloop route.”

The process then entails the state government formally asking the market if any players can offer a more competitive alternative.

“They then assess both [offers], negotiate, and come to a final binding contractual arrangement,” Dhaliwal explained.