MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): There is hardly any doubt about the fact that hyperloop is probably the next big thing in transportation space. But, what if we told you that it can reduce travel time between Mumbai and Pune to under 30 minutes. Virgin Hyperloop One has proposed a plan that will help people to travel from Mumbai to Pune under 30 minutes. According to news reports, Virgin Hyperloop One will begin working on the project by December 2019. Virgin Hyperloop is an American transportation technology company that works to commercialize the high-speed technology concept called Hyperloop.
An agreement to build a hyperloop route between Mumbai and Pune was signed in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, and Virgin Chairman Sir Richard Branson. The full project is proposing to link Central Pune, the Navi Mumbai International Airport and Central Mumbai – with a potential commute time of 25 minutes.
Recently Hyperloop One officially tweeted: “Pune to Mumbai in under 30 minutes. Are you ready?”
Pune to Mumbai in under 30 minutes. Are you ready? pic.twitter.com/DjwMXRCk8V— Virgin Hyperloop One (@HyperloopOne) June 20, 2019
The distance between Mumbai and Pune is around 150 km. By road, it takes more than 3 hours to reach Pune and by train, the scheduled time is 2.30 hours, however, the Hyperloop One promises to cover the same distance within 25 minutes. It is expected to benefit more than 25 million travellers and it would also connect Navi Mumbai International airport to Pune.
The company plans to take the technology to other routes as well. It believes that there are five viable routes between different Indian cities with estimated 55-minute commute for a Delhi-Jaipur-Indore-Mumbai system, 50-minute for a Mumbai-Bangalore-Chennai commute, 41-minute for a Bangalore-Thiruvananthapuram commute and 20-minute for a Bangalore-Chennai commute on the hyperloop system.
The first phase will be opened as a trial run which will cover 15 km initially and later it will be extended till Pune. The project is likely to be completed by 2023. Hyperloop One is expected to invest $500 million in the first phase of the development.