Bengaluru airport to city in 10 mins? MoU for Hyperloop project signed

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If the project takes off, with a speed of up to 1,080 kmph, the Hyperloop could transport over 1000 passengers per hour in ten minutes.

Traveling from many parts of Bengaluru to the Kempewoda International Airport, which currently take more than one hour, in 10 minutes may be a far cry, but this may turn out to be a reality if a feasibility study by the US-based Virigin Hyperloop finds it technically and economically viable.

A Memorandum of understanding for the pre-feasibility study was signed between Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, group chairman and CEO of DP World for Virgin Hyperloop and TM Vijay Bhaskar, chief secretary of Karnataka on Sunday, September 27.

With a speed of up to 1,080 kmph, the Hyperloop could transport over 1000 passengers per hour. According to a statement released by Virgin Hyperloop, the connectivity could reduce the travel time between the airport and city center to 10 minutes.

The pre-feasibility study, which focuses on technical, economic and route feasibility, is expected to be completed in two phases of six months each. If the project takes off, travellers could streamline their multimodal trip with seamless check in and security for both their hyperloop as well as air travel at centrally-located hyperloop portals.

“We feel honored to partner with Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) to explore ways in which the hyperloop can become a part of the solution to tackle congestion and support economic growth in Bengaluru. Beyond just the transit of passengers, airports are crucial conduit for goods, especially time-sensitive deliveries. A hyperloop-connected airport would dramatically improve the delivery of cargo and create an ultra-efficient supply chain,” Sultan bin Sulayem was quoted by Times of India as saying.

“Hyperloop mode of transportation offers enormous economic potential, connecting passengers at unprecedented speeds, with zero emissions,” said Hari Marar, MD and CEO, BIAL adding that the airport would be connected to the suburban railway in a few weeks and have metro connectivity in four years.

Hyperloop envisages pods or capsules travelling at high speeds through low-pressure tubes erected on columns or tunneled underground. The system is fully autonomous and sealed, leaving little scope for any driver-related error. In a sealed environment with almost no air resistance, the pods are expected to reach very high speeds.

In the last few years in India, various companies have announced hyperloop routes, with the leading projects along the Mumbai-Pune and Amravati-Vijayawada routes.

Image Credit: The New Indian Express

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