The Maharashtra government is exploring a hyperloop technology to cut travel time between Mumbai and Pune to just 25 minutes. Currently, it takes about four hours to cover a distance of about 200 km between Mumbai and Pune. The government is exploring the possibility of developing this technologically advanced hyperloop transportation system and has approached a US-based company called Virgin HyperloopOne.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is in the United States currently, visited Virgin hyperloopOne test site in Nevada and discussed the possibility of this technologically advanced transportation system with firm’s CEO Rob Llyod.

According to reports, Virgin HyperloopOne firm is planning to send a team of engineers, professionals to study Mumbai-Pune route and to explore the possibility of such a transportation system in the region. For the same, the Pune Development Authority (PMRDA) will avail a 15-km long track to test hyperloop technology.

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Reports also suggest that to make this project a reality, almost 70% of the parts, materials which will be used to develop the system will be sourced locally. Previously, during Magnetic Maharashtra conclave which took in February, HyperloopOne founder-chairman Richard Branson had mentioned about a framework for such a project. PM Narendra Modi was also present in the conclave.

Moreover, in order to make this a reality, HyperloopOne has already completed a pre-feasibility study for the prosed project.

While possibilities for this project are being explored currently, work on India’s first bullet train project between Mumbai-Ahmedabad has already started. The bullet train project is one of PM Modi’s flagship development programme and also one of the promises made by him before being elected to power. It will be one of its kind high-speed transportation system which will cut travel time and also provide world-class transportation facilities.

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