Virgin Hyperloop has big plans in India focusing on its ultrahigh-speed urban mobility solution. Additionally, it will generate employment for over 18 lakh people in India.
A Virgin Hyperloop is a system that essentially consists of sealed tubes called pods that make use of contactless levitation and magnetic propulsion systems that can potentially reach speeds of up to 700 kmph.
The government’s think tank Niti Aayog’ s member V.K. Saraswat, who is the head of the committee exploring the feasibility of the Hyperloop system here, stated that this project will be a part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative. Along with a demonstration unit in Maharashtra.
The two planned Virgin Hyperloop projects in India are on the Mumbai-Pune route and Bengaluru. However, it’s still in the experimental stages and will take time to be implemented in India. Further, Saraswat raised concerns stating. “The technology itself is not mature, there are safety issues, there are economic issues and there are some issues with respect to how much of it can be done in the country.” The proposed Pune-Mumbai hyperloop project will connect the two cities in under 30 minutes, instead of the three-plus hours via road. It will be the largest privately funded transport infrastructure project in the country.
The Virgin Hyperloop company recently announced a partnership with the Bangalore International Airport in order to conduct a viability test for the proposed route from the city airport. The deciding committee includes Sudhendu Jyoti Sinha, an adviser of infrastructure connectivity with Niti Aayog.
Tanay Manjrekar became the 1st person in the world to test out how Hyperloop will work and operate.