CHENNAI (Metro Rail News): Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Minister of Railways, Communications, Electronics & Information Technology on his visit to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras on 19 May has approved Rs 8.34 crore collaborative initiative on Hyperloop Technology, proposing a high-speed transportation system. IIT Madras submitted a proposal to Indian Railways for collaborating on an indigenously developed Hyperloop technology based transportation system and its subsystems after which the ministry gave its approval. The institute also plans to set up a Centre of Excellence for Hyperloop Technology at its premises which is also included as a part of the collaboration.
The Railway Minister on his visit to IIT Madras watched a demonstration on the Hyperloop pod model which is developed by the IIT students at the New Academy Complex. After that, he saw the 5G test bed demonstration in the research park and later inspected the IIT-M Incubation Cell, which is India’s leading Deeptech Startup hub.
Avishkar Hyperloop is a student team from the Centre for Innovation, IIT Madras, that focuses on revolutionizing transportation with Hyperloop technologies.
The Hyperloop model proposed by Avishkar team can achieve a top speed of over 1,200 kilometres per hour. The team is spearheading Hyperloop Tube research in India and has already patented a novel and cost-effective tube design. With this project, Team Avishkar is aiming to build the world’s largest student-developed Hyperloop testing facility hopes to complete the construction of this 500-metre long Hyperloop facility at Discovery Campus, the Satellite campus of IIT Madras located about 35 km from the main campus, by this year.