Andhra Pradesh is likely to become the first state in the country to experience the futuristic Hyperloop facility. Hyperloop is expected to run on a 40-km route connecting Amaravati and Vijayawada. The feasibility study carried out by Hyperloop Transportation Techno-logies (HTT) for the 40-km route has suggested the project is “feasible” as well as “profitable”, reports Deccan Chronicle. The HTT had signed a MoU with the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (AP-EDB) in October last for the project.
Bishop Gresta, Chairman, and Co-Founder of the US-based HTT, said at the CII Partnership Summit on Saturday that the Hyperloop project will be India’s first and ensure sustainable and eco-friendly travel in a capsule in just four to six minutes from Vijayawada to Amaravati.
One of the reasons that Andhra Pradesh may get the first Hyperloop and not Mumbai-Pune is that the construction of the futuristic travel system is expected to start in 2018.
The Memorandum of Understanding for Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop facility was signed last week between Virgin Hyperloop One and the Maharastra government and the project is likely to be completed by 2024. However, not much is yet known about the feasibility study of the project and also the date by which the construction may start.
Gresta has said that Hyperloop transportation system is more efficient, safer, and profitable. Currently, it takes almost an hour from Amaravati to Vijayawada by road.
The HTT is expected to submit the report of a feasibility study to the state government in the next two weeks.
What Is Hyperloop?
Hyperloop transportation system is the next generation transportation system, first proposed by the CEO of Space X and Tesla Elon Musk. As per the concept, hyperloop uses a magnetic levitation and a low-pressure transit tube. The futuristic travel is dubbed as an alternative for short distance travel and existing train network. A Hyperloop capsule is said to travel at a speed of over 700 mph, which is approximately over 1120 kmph.
Currently, the fastest train in India is under trial Talgo at 180 km per hour.