Virgin Hyperloop One Claims India its first operational hyperloop route between Mumbai and Pune

The Hyperloop One XP-1. Image: Virgin Hyperloop OneThe Hyperloop One XP-1.

Travellers who currently require approximately three-four hours to complete the 140-kilometre stretch is now able to wave their traffic woes goodbye as hyperloop is expected to cover the same within 14-25 minutes. Hyperloop does have the capability to hit much higher speeds (up to 1,000 kmph), however as stated in a report by The Hindu Business Line, on this course, it could be limited to roughly 350 km. This, though, will be raised to about 600 kmph in time.

The route is also anticipated to join Navi Mumbai International Airport which would make it easier for much more travellers. The foundation stone for the project was set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Magnetic Maharashtra Global Business Summit at Mumbai.

What is even bigger news is the fact that India could become the first country to have an operational platform, even as Dubai is a close second.

Richard Branson, Company Chairman and business tycoon, said that it would take the project three years to finish the test conduct and about 7 years to begin commercial operations.

Interacting with journalists, he stated, “I’ve sat in Indian traffic whenever I have come here, it’s not a pleasant experience, and if I were an Indian a good deal of my life could have been spent sitting in traffic jams. This really is a miserable way of spending one’s life.”

Branson also included that the job will be “for the masses” rather than a superior priced service. Virgin Hyperloop One is also in discussions with the Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka state governments to include projects in India.