New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi wants you to travel from Mumbai to Pune in 25 minutes, and Chennai to Bangalore in 30 minutes. Unbelievable isn’t it? But’s that’s going to happen, sooner than later. All this on a train that runs faster than an aircraft. You know what you will have to pay for it, half of what you pay for a flight.
This supersonic land travel is possible because of a train that runs at 1216 km/hr. The system is called Hyperloop Transport System . In this high pressure capsules travel in tubes that are partially vacuumed. It is based on renewable energy. Solar panels on top of tubes, while surplus energy is generated by turbines in pylons.
"The Hyperloop will be powered by a linear motor, similar to one that powers the Tesla. It will be in the needle of the capsule. A linear motor provides a much more powerful propulsion; so in this case, that propulsion is significantly multiplied in the near-vacuum tube with no air friction - explaining such high speeds,” Hyperloop Transpo-wrtation Technologies (HTT) Co-founder Bibop Gresta was quoted as saying.
While a bullet train costs $12 billion, Hyperloop comes for just $1 billion. No wonder the that the Modi government is seriously considering to go for it, starting with the Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop.
"Nitin Gadkari has a proposal to build the Hyperloop on his table and he has to take a decision. If he wants to go ahead with it, we are ready, and it will be a feasibility study to begin with to lay line between Bombay (Mumbai) and Pune," Gresata said.
Hyperloop is branchild of Tesla founder Elon Musk. The talks between Gadkari and HTT followed invitation from Modi, who had met Musk during his Silicon Valley visit and had wanted that the concept be tested on Mumbai-Pune line.
If everything goes as per plan, Hyperloop will be a reality in India by 2023.
Among the prominent cities and countries where the Hyperloop will be built are California, Utah, Illinois, Florida, Indianapolis, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Spain, France, Slovakia, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Botswana, South Africa, Russia, China, Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Australia.
The first Hyperloop is expected to be launched in Abu Dhabi.