On the Hyperloop front, ‘Work will soon begin on the 15 KM demo track of Virgin HyperloopOne in Pune, ushering in a new era of safe, efficient and fastest transportation. Hyperloop Mumbai – Pune travel time will be cut down to 25 minutes’. This was revealed following Maharashtra CM’s visit to HyperloopOne test site in Nevada, USA.
“Virgin HyperloopOne plans to send engineers to Pune shortly. PMRDA has identified 15 km row demonstration track for Hyperloop. It is noteworthy that 70% of materials and components required for Hyperloop can be sourced within Maharashtra itself.”
“It is an honour to work with the State of Maharashtra and its key stakeholders, sharing their vision to transform not only transportation but wider society.” – Richard Branson
“This was a very fruitful discussion and we should be able to start moving on this project very fast,” said Shri. Devendra Fadnavis, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
The hyperloop route will link central Pune, Navi Mumbai International Airport, and Mumbai in 25-minutes, connecting 26 million people and creating a thriving, competitive megaregion. The high-capacity passenger and cargo hyperloop route will eventually support 150 million passenger trips annually, saving more than 90 million hours of travel time, and providing citizens with greater opportunities and social and economic mobility.
Chief Minister of Maharashtra DevLoop Visit
“It is an honour to work with the State of Maharashtra and its key stakeholders, sharing their vision to transform not only transportation but wider society.” – Richard Branson https://hyperloop-one.com/chief-minister-maharashtra-visits-virgin-hyperloop-ones-test-facility-view-live-test-feasibility-study-pune-mumbai-route-advanced-stage
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The hyperloop system will also have the potential for the rapid movement of palletized freight and light cargo between the Port of Mumbai and Pune, creating a robust backbone for on-demand deliveries, supply chains, and next-generation logistics.
The Pune-Mumbai route could result in USD $55 billion (INR ?350,000 crores) in socio-economic benefits (time savings, emissions and accident reduction, operational cost savings, etc.) over 30 years of operation, according to an initial pre-feasibility study completed by Virgin Hyperloop One. The 100% electric, efficient hyperloop system will ease severe expressway congestion and could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 150,000 tons annually.
As bigger city folks try to navigate through choked roadways spending more and more time commuting to and from work, the idea of Hyperloop Mumbai Pune sounds like the future is in grasp. What is left to be seen is project completion, operation, ROI, cost, outcome, and scalabality. Can hyperloop the concept be a reality of daily commute in bigger Indian cities where the need is more, and at what cost?