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Hyperloop Transportation Technologies recommends two prospective routes in India

Prabhjote Gill | May 7, 2018, 07.20PM IST

  • The complete Hyperloop corridor will run between Anatapur-Amaravati-Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam.
  • Phase I and II consists of building the route between Amaravati and Vijayawada.
  • There are two possible routes at the company’s disposal as per their pre-feasibility study.

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), one of the companies working towards building hyperloops around the world, presented their pre-feasibility study to show which routes would work between the Maharashtrian city of Amaravati and Andhra Pradesh’s metropolitan district, Vijayawada.

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The project, in its entirety, will include three phases where, whichever route is chosen, will consist of phase I and phase II. Phase I can be located in either, Amaravati or Vijayawada, and will run a pod heading east-west on a 5-10 kms stretch as a pilot showcase for stakeholders and the public.

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Once the hyperloop corridor is completed, the route will start from Anantapur (another city in Andhra Pradesh) to Amaravati, followed by Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam (the financial capital of Andhra Pradesh). The entire Hyperloop Transportation system will extend to around 700-800 kms that will be integrated into the public transit system.

Which brings us to phase III, encompassing a commercial route that will either cover the north or the south section of the corridor.

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Aside from probable routes, HTT also put forward the blueprints for the manufacturing complex that they’ll need in order to actually build the tube, capsule and track.

According Shri Ajay Jain, the Principal Secretary of Energy Infrastructure and Investment Department, “The proposed capital city Amaravati would house 3.5 million people and create 1.5 million jobs. The plan also proposes 9 theme-based cities within the capital city to serve as the hub of activities serving unique functions and employment generation alsong with complementary functions.”

He adds, “To support this requirement, there is a need for sustainable high-quality robust mass transportation system.”

Hyperloop seems to be part of the Indian government’s plans. Previously, Hyperloop One, the only company to have presented a working Hyperloop system so far, had also proposed routes and plans for the country. However, most of the plans are meant for commercial use cases right now.

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