Want to travel from Mumbai to Pune in just 25 minutes? Quite possible

Updated: Dec 08, 2016, 18:58 IST | mid-day online correspondent

The travel time between Mumbai and Pune, which is roughly 3 hours at present via rail or road, can come down to about 25 minutes if the transport ministry opts for the 'Hyperloop'route

Travel time from Mumbai to Pune in just 25 minutes? Quite possibleScreengrab of Hyperloop One

The travel time between Mumbai and Pune, which is roughly 3 hours at present via rail or road, can come down to about 25 minutes if the transport ministry opts for the 'Hyperloop'route.

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, a Los Angeles-based company has developed a new mode of passenger and freight transport that propels a pod-like vehicle through a near-vacuum tube at airline speeds.

Not only that, it has asked the transport ministry for land to run a pilot project of its high-speed transportation service.

Hyperloop is a concept where a pod-like vehicle travels through a near-vacuum that's contained within a tube. It can theoretically touch top speeds of close to 1,200 km an hour even when not running on full steam, using less energy than conventional modes of transportation. It is being touted as the future of high-speed passenger and freight transportation the world over.

Co-Founder Bibop G Gresta said the company is ready to build Hyperloop between Mumbai and Pune, but the decision is left with Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari to go ahead with the project and that the Minister had expressed the Indian Government's willingness to help the company in this regard.

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.

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