Mumbai to Pune in 20mins: Hyperloop will make this happen

Travel time between Pune and Mumbai is expected to be cut short to 25 minutes. Source Facebook

Addressing select media on Sunday at the Magnetic Maharashtra event, Virgin Group Founder and Virgin Hyperloop One Chairman Sir Richard Branson emphasised that India is a big opportunity and the government is welcoming it with open arms.

British tycoon Richard Branson-backed Virgin Hyperloop One is proposing to build a super-fast transportation system in India that would connect the city of Pune with the planned new airport in Mumbai in 25 minutes, saving about three hours, reports Bloomberg.

The construction of the Pune-Mumbai hyperloop route will begin with an operational track built between two points on the route, the company said in a statement. The second phase of the project will give shape to the Pune-Mumbai Hyperloop route in five to seven years. "The cost of the cost of building a hyperloop is much less than building a high-speed railway line for the same distance". While Andhra Pradesh was the first to move to even consider this technology, it looks like the first Hyperloop corridor will be set up between Mumbai and Pune.

The announcement by Virgin Hyperloop One, lays the groundwork for a hyperloop system capable of travelling between the Indian cities of Pune and Mumbai - about 100 miles by road - in 25 minutes. It would involve a train-like pod, one gathers from Virgin Hyperloop One's designs, which will gain acceleration through the phenomenon of electric propulsion. Hyperloop One will initially travel at a speed of 350km/h and as infrastructure improves, speeds of up to 1,000 km/h can be achieved. Incidentally, if the deadlines are maintained and met, India might be the first country in the world to get a working, commercial Hyperloop system of transportation. And if you're wondering about ticket costs, Hyperloop states that it intends to make this form of transport "affordable for everyone".

Since the Mumbai to Pune hyperloop is only in its planning stages, there's no way to decide on the exact price just yet. Additionally, it will do so at little to no cost to the environment as the project will be completely self-powered with electricity generated by its own solar panels.

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If all goes to plan, and travel time is indeed cut down to less than 30 minutes, Mumbai and Pune could balloon into one megapolis, and what is now an intercity travel could end up being a routine commute.

When will the Mumbai to Pune hyperloop be ready? It claims that 26 Mn people will be connected with the hyperloop, supporting as many as 150 Mn commuters every year.

Putting across several initiatives that his government has taken on the policy intervention and governance level, the Prime Minister spoke of India entering the 5 trillion dollar economy soon and about the state of Maharashtra that has started talking about entering the trillion dollar economy club.

The first hyperloop route will link central Pune with Mumbai and the proposed Navi Mumbai global airport, the foundation stone for which was laid by Prime Minister Narenda Modi.

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