India, HTT Proposes Hyperloop System for Bhubaneswar and Ranchi

India, HTT Proposes Hyperloop System for Bhubaneswar and Ranchi :Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) Chairman and Co-Founder Bibop G. Gresta met Odisha State Government officials on 1 February 2017 and provided a detailed presentation of the hyperloop technology.

Odisha Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi chaired the meeting, attended by numerous other senior state officers.

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.

The Odisha state government is reportedly considering whether to confine use of the technology to the capital Bhubaneswar or utilize it to connect Bhubaneswar with surrounding locations such as Cuttack, Puri, Jatani, Choudwar and Khurda.

Apparently HTT will conduct a proper feasibility study once government officials have selected the first route. The feasibility study would take at least six to eight months, with a further 38 months required to set up the new system.

The government would only provide the land for the project, with everything else looked after by HTT. Mr. Gresta explained: “We will look for the investment and make the project successful.”

On 3 February 2017, only two days later, Mr. Gresta was in the capital of Jharkhand, Ranchi, where he met Chief Minister Raghubar Das and again presented HTT’s offerings.

Mr. Gresta stated: “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision is to innovate and transform. We can contribute a lot to India with our technology. In Jharkhand, more than mono rail, metro and other similar projects, hyperloop can be a sustainable solution.”

HTT is keen on establishing hyperloop connections between Ranchi and surrounding locations such as Jamshedpur and Dhanbad.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision is to innovate and transform. We can contribute a lot to India with our technology”

Mr. Gresta underlined the financial advantages that hyperloop technology would assure: “Compared to others, land requirements are literally nil, as the tube runs on pillions which don’t need much space. Input cost compared to other modes is less.”

HTT is planning to provide more information during the Global Investors’ Summit that will be held in Ranchi on 16 and 17 February 2017. Mr. Gresta explained: “For Jharkhand we have some plans, but I would prefer to formally announce them during the summit.”

The US-based company announced in December 2016 that it had submitted a proposal to the Indian Transport Minister, Nitin Gadkari, to link the cities of Mumbai and Pune.

Bhubaneswar is the capital of the Eastern Indian state of Odisha. It is the state’s largest city and counts approximately 800,000 inhabitants.

The Indian industrial city of Ranchi is the capital of the Eastern state of Jharkhand. With an estimated population of 1,100,000 citizens it is Jharkhand’s third most populous city.

Writer: John Carlo Ottaviani

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