Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop: What You Should Know

Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop: What You Should Know

Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop: What You Should Know

It seems its time to say that the future is here. The upcoming Hyperloop Transit Route would enable passengers to travel between Mumbai-Pune at the speed of sound. Maharashtra government has signed an ‘intent agreement’ with Virgin Group to develop Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop corridor that would cover the three-hour distance in 20 minutes. Here is all you need to know about the most awaited transport infrastructure of the millennium.

 The plan of hyperloop

The high-speed connectivity is planned to connect Mumbai and Pune via the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport. While the fares are not decided yet, it will be comparable to airfares. The total expenses is expected to be around Rs 20,000 crore. The feasibility study will be conducted in the next six months and a test track will be constructed for the trials. The construction is expected to begin in early 2019 and finish in 2021. If the tests are successful, the entire route would take another four years for completion of Mumbai-Navi Mumbai-Pune route.

The technology

The idea of ‘Hyperloop transit’ was first conceptualized by Elon Musk in 2012 and open-sourced the idea to others for adoption. Hyperloop One, now called Virgin Hyperloop One is a private company that is building the Hyperloop transit corridors across the world. The technology is based on passenger-carrying pods that would move at a speed of 1,223 km per hour, comparable to the speed of sound. It would use magnetic levitation in an airless tube. The tube will be supported above ground while the solar panels will be used for supplying energy. The pods will float above the rails while the propulsion will be so high that once it reaches top speed, the pod will be able to glide for 100 miles without the application of any energy. The technology is not yet operational anywhere in the world and India could be the first one with Hyperloop network. So far, Hyperloop One’s pod has reached a top speed of 385km per hour on its test track.

Challenges ahead

While the plan looks futuristic, the limitations of the project cannot be ignored. For instance, the time period. Since this technology has not been experimented anywhere else in the world, the delays might shoot up the cost of the infrastructure. Currently pegged at Rs 20,000 crore, this could be one of the most expensive transit infrastructures.  Secondly, the hilly terrain between Mumbai and Pune can be another roadblock and would result in objection from the environment ministry as it would result in loss of greenery and natural habitat. The approval system in India is a setback and lack of single window clearance can make the country further unattractive for foreign players.

With inputs from Housing News

Last Updated: Tue Feb 20 2018

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