Hyperloop Proposed for Mumbai to Pune Link

Hyperloop Proposed for Mumbai to Pune Link :Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) Chairman and CEO Bibop Gabriele Gresta stated on 6 December 2016 that the US-based company has submitted a proposal to link Mumbai to Pune to the Indian Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. The request is to provide land in order to set up a pilot project in the country.
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At the Carnegie India’s Global Technology Summit Mr. Gresta stated: “We’re not asking for money right now, we’re asking for land. If they want to put money, we can do a public-private partnership. But if they don’t want that, we have private investors. In the second case, we need to have land that is meaningful and not something in the middle of nowhere.”

The travel time to cover the 140 km distance between the two cities, located in the Indian state of Maharashtra, would be cut to 25 minutes. Travel by train currently requires over three hours.
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Mr. Gresta told reporters that “Bengaluru is one of the places on the planet where we can see a huge number of talent and thriving startup ecosystems. I would like to establish an R&D centre in Bengaluru and I am also looking for investors.”

He added that HTT plans to launch a programme called Hyperloop Academy for India soon. “People can submit their ideas and they can work with our engineers.”
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Hyperloop is a passenger and freight transportation system that propels a pod-like vehicle through a near-vacuum tube at great speeds. The tubes can go above ground on columns or underground, eliminating the dangers of grade crossings and the costs of land acquisition.

Each pod would carry between 28 and 40 people. One capsule would depart every 30 seconds, which means one tube could carry 67,000 people a day. Every pylon could support up to seven tubes. According to Mr. Gresta the Hyperloop would be much more capital efficient than Japanese bullet trains.
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Besides the Mumbai to Pune route, Hyperloop is currently considering four other routes, to be discussed with the Indian government.

Hyperloop is in discussions with twenty different countries to launch a project and has already signed agreements in California, Abu Dhabi (UAE), Slovakia and Nigeria.

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Writer: John Carlo Ottaviani

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