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Virgin Hyperloop to be constructed in India

21/02/2018
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Virgin’s highly ambitious Hyperloop transport concept has found another backer with the Indian state of Maharashtra announcing its intention to build the first Hyperloop route in India.
The planned hyperloop route will link central Pune, Navi Mumbai International Airport, and Mumbai in 25-minutes.
(Image via Virgin Hyperloop One).

The planned route will link central Pune, Navi Mumbai International Airport, and Mumbai in 25-minutes, connecting an amazing 26 million people. It is anticipated that the high-capacity passenger and cargo hyperloop route will eventually support 150 million passenger trips annually, saving more than 90 million hours of travel time.
Virgin is aiming for a demonstration track to be completed within three years, with construction of the full route to be completed in five to seven years.
(Image via Virgin Hyperloop One).

Virgin is aiming for a demonstration track to be completed within three years, with construction of the full route to be completed in five to seven years.

Commenting on the plans, Sir Richard Branson, Chairman of Virgin Hyperloop One, was emphatic about the impact the route could have upon India:

“I believe Virgin Hyperloop One could have the same impact upon India in the 21st century as trains did in the 20th century. The Pune-Mumbai route is an ideal first corridor as part of a national hyperloop network that could dramatically reduce travel times between India’s major cities to as little as two hours.”

“Virgin Hyperloop One can help India become a global transportation pioneer and forge a new world-changing industry.”
The Pune-Mumbai hyperloop project will begin with a six-month in-depth feasibility study.
(Image via Virgin Hyperloop One).

The Pune-Mumbai hyperloop project will begin with a six-month in-depth feasibility study which will analyse and define the route alignment including environmental impact, the economic and commercial aspects of the route, the regulatory framework, and cost and funding model recommendations.
 


An initial pre-feasibility study indicated that the route could result in USD $55 billion in socio-economic benefits (time savings, emissions and accident reduction, operational cost savings etc) over 30 years of operation. The study also made the claim that “the 100% electric, efficient hyperloop system will ease severe expressway congestion and could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 150,000 tons annually.”

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