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Elon Musk picks the Bengaluru-Chennai route for India’s first Hyperloop

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Elon Musk picks the Bengaluru-Chennai route for India’s first Hyperloop

The Tesla founder has selected the southern route for the first development of their innovative and superfast mode of transportation.

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Ever since the discussion began, Hyperloop has become one of most talked about and revolutionary developments in the field of transportation. Things are expected to get more heated as today, a report in Trak.in has indicated that the Bengaluru – Chennai route shall be selected for the country’s first Hyperloop project.

The company undertaking this task, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) has picked this route after their initial feasibility tests. There are also other routes that are under consideration for later developments. This includes the Mumbai – Pune route, the Mumbai – Delhi route and the Bengaluru – Thiruvananthapuram route.

Presently, it takes about 6 to 7 hours to travel from Chennai to Bengaluru by train and about an hour by flight. Hyperloop aims to reduce this time to just 30 minutes. While some may argue that flights are a possible solution here, what is notable is the fact that there is a lot of time spent in check-in, baggage collection, exit, taxing and boarding when it comes to flights. Also, even bullet trains are known to be slower than the Hyperloop.

As the travel pods make use of magnetic systems for the purpose of movement, the only need initial energy post which they can glide at really high speeds independently. This will ensure that the tickets are not very expensive. Current estimates peg the cost at around INR 5,000 per journey. This rate is just about double of the flight ticket rates. Also, HTT plans to make use of Solar Panels placed on top of the tubes and even windmills to further reduce costs.

Here are some more notable points about the Hyperloop:

  • The first Hyperloop is set to be operational between Dubai and Abu Dhabi by the year 2021. It will reduce the travel time between these two places from 90 minutes to just about 21 minutes.
  • The estimated cost per km for making a Hyperloop route is just around 75 Crore INR. This is just about 25% of the cost of making a bullet train route which stands at 300 crore INR per km.
  •  The current estimated cost for the Chennai – Bengaluru Hyperloop route is pegged upwards of US $1 billion and it is expected to take a minimum of 38 months to complete.

 

Here’s a preview of the Dubai – Abu Dhabi Hyperloop in action

 

kunal

kunal

Kunal Shah is the editor at large of MyWanderlust.com, He's an avid traveler, biker, writer, and lover of all things Spirit'ual and D'Wine.

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