Reportedly Indian could be the first country in the world to get an Operational Hyperloop track to facilitate ultra high-speed travel. Maharastra Government signed an agreement with Richard Branson’s Virgin Hyperloop One to bring first ever hyperloop track between Mumbai and Pune. It will reduce the travel time between the two cities to 20-25 minutes from the present three hours. As per the demonstration track, this project will link Mumbai, Navi Mumbai International Airport, and central Pune with in a time span of three years.
So most probably you might be thinking what is hyperloop ? The HyperLoop concept was first introduced by Elon Musk back in the year 2012. After a big investment from Richard Branson, Hyperloop one was branded as Virgin Hyperloop One. hyperloop vehicles or capsules travel in a vacuum tube with almost no air which is expected to reach a speed above the supersonic range – 1200 km/h. The system is totally autonomous, Hyperloop vehicle or the capsule uses magnetic levitation and is propelled by a proprietary electric propulsion system. In this system, the pods will lift off the track and zoom through the tunnel. Virgin Hyperloop One is currently testing the pod in a desert outside of Las Vegas, US.
Distance between Mumbai to Pune is approximately 150 Km. Hyperloop pod will take just 6 minutes to accelerate to 1,000 km/h and it will also take same time to come to a halt. To make this vision live, A 10-km pilot path will be built from Pune’s Hinjewadi. While also Andhra Pradesh Government recently signed an MoU with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) to study and analyse the cityscapes in order to reduce travelling time between Amravati and Vijayawada. But no more details are immediately available regarding this yet.
According to Virgin’s Hyperloop pre-feasibility studies, Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop will connect 26 million people, support 150 million passenger trips per year, and could cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 86,000 tonnes over 30 years. This would provide the nation a socio-economic benefit of INR 350,000 crores or $55 billions. Moreover It will reduce the emission of Greenhouse gasses by upto 150,000 tons which will make the global hype around healthy. The vehicle will be virtually noiseless as Motion will not involve contact. Due to super high speeds outside of the tube, there would be just a “big whoosh” for less than a second.
As of now, Hyperloop is nowhere present in the world. Currently one of the biggest question is how much it would cost to bring hyperloop transportation facility in India. Next big thing is to focus on its safety and make it affordable. According to Virgin Hyperloop One, the capital and operational costs is two-thirds that of high-speed rails. Which means the Hyperloop could cost less or more than 75 crore per mile for the Government to implement.
A future extension would focus on lowering the cargo transit time between Pune and Mumbai’s port. The highest speed for passenger/light cargo vehicle would be 1,080 km/h, which is around 2-3 times faster than the fastest train, And 200 km/hr faster than cruising speed of a 747 jumbo.
Currently this project is awaiting just for the Governments green signal to the feasibility report. Main Goal is to introduce operational hyperloop systems by the year 2021. Which means it means Indian citizens will get the chance to travel on one of the fastest modes of transport with just few upcoming years.