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India's First Hyperloop Transport System Will Connect Mumbai With Pune!

India's First Hyperloop Transport System Will Connect Mumbai With Pune!

The Hyperloop route will link the places mentioned above in 25 minutes and connect 26 million commuters, supporting 150 million passenger trips per year. The second phase will target to complete construction of the full Pune-Mumbai route by 2025.

At current speeds, it takes around three and a half hours to make the 100-mile journey, either on a train or by auto.

"I believe Virgin Hyperloop One could have the same impact upon India in the 21st century as trains did in the 20th century", said Sir Richard.

Hyperloop would be a transport system in which passengers or cargo would travel in a pod that will accelerate gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. Billionaire investor Branson claims Hyperloop will drastically reduce the travel time between the two cities to 25 minutes from the present three hours. The Hyperloop concept made use of several sealed tubes through which a large pod can travel without any air-resistance or friction, making extremely high speeds possible.

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The system which will connect India's financial capital to Maharashtra's leading manufacturing and IT hub will also provide connectivity to the new Navi Mumbai International Airport.

While 760mph is the maximum speed for a hyperloop system conceptually, it seems the vehicle between Pune and Mumbai would be travelling slower than this. What's more interesting is the fact that Virgin plans to keep the Hyperloop One accessible to masses, and hence, prices won't be back breaking. Virgin Hyperloop One is working on developing a working Hyperloop system by 2021.

The Hyperloop project is also expected to bring in an investment of billions of dollars and will create thousands of jobs in addition to opening up new business and investments in the region.

"The Pune-Mumbai hyperloop project will ultimately be executed by a public-private partnership which will save taxpayer money while delivering a transport option that will help the State of Maharashtra support economic growth, improve sustainability, and meet the transport demands", said Kiran Gitte, chief executive officer of the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority.

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Notably, Virgin began identifying "potential routes", analyse "high-level economic" and "technical viability of hyperloop transport solutions" in India in November a year ago, BGR noted.

The company did not disclose the cost of investment for the project or the specific time frame. Not just that, in terms of environmental impact, this Hyperloop system has the potential to reduce greenhouse gases by 150,000 tons a year.

This will serve as a platform for testing, certifying, and regulating the system for commercial operations.

Apart from being faster than both bullet trains and commercial aircraft, the biggest advantage of the Hyperloop technology is its supposed cost effectiveness. Earlier, Elon Musk had projected the cost of the Hyperloop project on the Los Angeles-San Fransico route to be around $6bn, or $11.5m per mile, compared to $68bn for a high-speed rail link.

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