Virgin’s Indian Hyperloop systems could be operational in 2030
Virgin Hyperloop –
Reports in India have quoted Virgin Hyperloop stating that their Hyperloop systems will be operational in 2030.
The announcement comes after Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) and Virgin Hyperloop recently signed a deal to conduct feasibility studies for the line between Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) and Bengaluru city (also known as Bangalore).
Running at speeds of up to 1,080 kmph, the hyperloop would be able to travel from KIA to the city in less than 10 minutes.
Virgin Hyperloop is also working on a potential Mumbai-Pune hyperloop that can cut travel time to 25 minutes, down from the current 3.5 hours.
Virgin Hyperloop’s Managing Director for the Middle East and India, Harj Dhaliwal, in an interview with BusinessLine said that the project would create 1.8 million jobs over its lifetime and $36 billion in socio-economic benefits.
Safety Issues –
Phase 1 of the Mumbai-Pune project will involve the construction of an 11km section to demonstrate its safety and gain certification. Virgin Hyperloop has also set up a global Hyperloop Certification Centre (HCC) in West Virginia, USA. The HCC will work with the U.S. federal authorities to establish global safety standards that can be applied to Hyperloop systems, including the Indian systems.
Virgin Hyperloop hopes to achieve safety certification by the end of 2025and to begin commercial operations in 2030.
BusinessLine interview with Harj Dhaliwal: https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/national/pune-mumbai-hyperloop-project-will-be-the-largest-privately-funded-transport-infrastructure/article32998400.ece
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