Soon, the travel time between Mumbai and Pune could get reduced to just 25 minutes when a new train system will be operational by the Maharashtra government. According to the route estimator on the official website of Virgin Hyperloop One, this time can be further cut short to just 13 minutes.
Hyperloop is a new technology being employed in the arena of transportation. It moves freight and people very fast, safe, from the place of origin to destination. Travellers are put into the specially designed hyperloop vehicles and accelerate gradually via electric propulsion principle through a low-pressure tube. The vehicle does not run on the railway track, it just floats above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at fast air speeds for long distances. It becomes possible due to ultra-low aerodynamic positions. These systems are built on columns or tunnelled in the underground to avoid crossings, human and wildlife. It is totally enclosed system and fully automated, which eliminates pilot error and any kind of weather uncertainties. It claims to be safe and clean, with no direct carbon emissions.
The Maharashtra government is exploring the high-tech transportation system of hyperloop technology, which aims to drastically cut the travel time between the two cities. These cities are located around 200 km away from each other and the company claimed to work on the route of these trains at 1080 km/hour.
The project will be implemented by a US-based firm, Virgin Hyperloop One, which deals in the modern train projects worldwide.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is on a visit to the US, has visited the Virgin Hyperloop One test site in Nevada. He met the company’s CEO, Rob Lloyd, and had a fruitful discussion.
Virgin HyperloopOne will shortly send its project engineers to Pune to conduct a feasibility study, it claimed. Founded in the year 2014, it is a private company which is carved out to create fast, effortless journeys that expand possibilities and eliminate the barriers of distance and time.
The Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (PMRDA) has already located a 15-km long demonstration track for Hyperloop.
It is also claimed that about 70 per cent of materials and components required for this hyperloop technology can be sourced within Maharashtra itself.
The company’s founder-chairman Richard Branson had announced a framework agreement for the project when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mr Fadnavis were in Mumbai for the `Magnetic Maharashtra’ conclave, in February 2018.
The company has already completed a pre-feasibility study for the Mumbai-Pune route. If it works well, as the company is confident, the hyperloop system will be a boon for expressway congestion and hope to reduce greenhouse gas emissions up to 1.5 lakh ton annually, the company has claimed.
Earlier, the company showcased Dubai commuters first glimpse of a transportation system that will, it’s claimed, take them to Abu Dhabi in less than 15 minutes. Propelled in a vacuum tube with magnets, it will use the Hyperloop pod system that is designed to reach speeds of well over 1,000 kilometres an hour.