The Government of Maharashtra has granted permission to construct an ultrafast hyperloop between Mumbai and Pune city that are set 150 kilometres apart. This project aims at shrinking the travel time of four hours between the two cities to only 30 minutes. This revolutionary technology will be able to transform travelling and transport in the coming years.
The ultramodern, superfast hyperloop train is the first of its kind that can carry people through a low-pressure tube at a high-speed of 1200 kilometres per hour. PMRDA (Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority) has declared that the work on this dream project will begin mid-August 2019 and eventually India will be reputed as the world's first country to have the super-fast hyperloop transportation technology.
"Maharashtra will create the first hyperloop transportation system in the world and a global hyperloop supply chain starting from Pune. Maharashtra and India are at the forefront of hyperloop infrastructure building now and this is a moment of pride for our people”, Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis added. The expected cost of the project is around USD 10.1 billion and it will create more high tech jobs opportunities for the country's youth. Virgin Hyperloop One has submitted its first proposal but the project is all set to open for competing bids from other global firms. The initial phase of the project will start with an investment of USD 724 billion, the government added.
According to Jay Walder, the CEO of Virgin Hyperloop One, "This is history in the making. The race is on to host the first hyperloop transportation system in the world, and today's announcement puts India firmly in the lead".
Pune-Mumbai is one of the busiest routes in the country and around 75 million passengers' travels between the two cities annually. After the completion of this project by 2026, it is expected that the passenger count will increase to over 125 million yearly. Besides passengers, the hyperloop train will also transport lightweight cargo units between these two cities. The completion of this project will create a significant milestone in the history of India.
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