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India has labeled hyperloop a public infrastructure project — here’s why that matters


Hyperloop, the futuristic and still theoretical transportation system that could propel people and packages at speeds of more than 600 mph, has been given a “public infrastructure job ” by India lawmakers in the state of Maharashtra.

Wrapped because government jargon is a notable and precious outcome. The upshot: hyperloop has been treated just as any other public infrastructure project like bridges, roads and railways. To put it differently, hyperloop has been plucked out of market, futuristic obscurity and granted that a government stamp of approval.

This ’so remarkable, considering that the thought of hyperloop was first proposed by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in a virtually 60-page public white paper just five decades ago.

In addition, it kicks off a process that may bring hyperloop into a 93-mile stretch of India involving the cities of Mumbai and Pune. The Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority will begin the procurement process in mid-August when it starts accepting suggestions from companies hoping to land the hyperloop contract.

The frontrunner is likely Virgin Hyperloop One -DP World, a consortium involving the hyperloop company and its biggest backer that chucked the original job to India. The MahaIDEA Committee previously accepted Virgin Hyperloop One-DP World Consortium since the Original Project Proponent.

Under the VHO-DPW proposal, a hyperloop effective at transporting 200 million people annually would be constructed between Pune and Mumbai. That stretch of road today takes more than three hours by automobile; VHO says its hyperloop would reduce it into a 35-minute trip.

“This is history in the making. The race is on to sponsor the very first hyperloop transportation system in the world, and now ’s announcement puts India securely in the lead. This is a significant landmark and the first of several critical steps prior to bringing hyperloop into the masses,” Virgin Hyperloop One CEO Jay Walder stated in an announcement Wednesday.

The hope is that India’s government could award the contract at the end of 2019, a VHO executive told TechCrunch. If this occurs, Phase 1 of this project — a 11.8 kilometer (or 7.3 mile) segment — would begin in 2020.

The cost of construction Phase 1 will likely be dealt with by DP World, which has given $500 million on this segment. The government is covering the price and logistics of obtaining the property for the hyperloop.

Stage 1 will initially work as a certification course, which is used to certify the hyperloop technologies for passenger operations. VHO needs this certification track constructed and operating by 2024. Whether this section meets safety standards it’ll be part of this bigger hyperloop line between Pune and Mumbai.

There’s a lot of work to do, and technical milestones to fulfill, before hyperloop is whisking people in pods through a tunnel. But when it works and has been assembled, the region’s market could be transformed, supporters insist.

Once commercialized, the hyperloop will change the Pune-Mumbai corridor to a mega-economic area, according to Harj Dhaliwal, managing director of India and Middle East in Virgin Hyperloop One.

Today, some 75 million people traveling between Pune and Mumbai each calendar year, and forecasts suggest that amount could grow to 130 million yearly by 2026. The VHO-DPW consortium claims its hyperloop will have the capability to manage 16,000 passengers day, or about 200 million people yearly.

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