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If vacuum tubes become reality, travel between Mangaluru and Mumbai in 50 mins!


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru

Mangaluru, Mar 7: Imagine travelling at a whizzing speed of over 1,000 km an hour from Mangaluru, such that you reach Mumbai in a matter of less than 50 minutes. Sounds impossible? Not if the latest proposal to upgrade the country's transportation system takes wings, in Mangaluru's favour.

The country is abuzz with talks of Hyperloop One, an American company, proposing to set up a transport network in at least one of the four routes connecting major cities and economic hubs of the country, as part of the union government's Make in India initiative. And it is no ordinary transport project. The company proposes to introduce the high-speed, tube-based rail system, where 'pods' designed to transport both freight and passengers, levitate magnetically instead of using wheels, in a controlled environment. Bottomline, with Hyperloop tubes, you can travel at the speed faster than an airplane, but at a much cheaper price.

Even as the country awaits bullet trains, the Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One has offered India what the world is yet to even experience. India was apparently selected through a global challenge, where there were 35 semi-finalists including five from India. "India led the way with highest registrations and had the most vocal supporters of Hyperloop One on social media," Hyperloop One said in a media release.

The company has proposed five routes to be set up, but only one of them will be built, at least initially. Which of those five would be constructed will depend on various factors, including an open poll for the public. The decision is likely to be taken by the end of this year, after conducting market feasibility study.

The proposed routes are: Delhi-Jaipur-Indore-Mumbai; Mumbai-Pune-Kolhapur-Hubballi-Tumakuru-Bengaluru-Hosur-Vellore-Sriperumbudur-Chennai; Mumbai-Mangaluru-Chennai-Hyderabad-Kolkata; and Bengaluru-Coimbatore-Kochi-Thiruvananthpuram.

According to Hyperloop India website, the Mumbai-Bengaluru-Chennai corridor is the most ideal choice for the project, as it would best serve the objectives of integrating existing industrial/freight corridors, maximizing opportunities for passenger and cargo transport, linking high-potential markets in fast-growing urban agglomerations, etc, and situated in areas with low seismic activity.

Nevertheless, Mangaluru, being an important port city with air and rail connectivity, could well find a place in the network, as basically, the project aims not only at providing faster travel to passengers, but facilitate quick movement of freight.

"Although we would like to see the entire country live the Hyperloop Dream, we have to understand that we need to proceed step-wise. As part of our initial step, we will take inspiration from the government of India’s live project: The government’s “Make in India” initiative is a growth strategy based upon development of economic corridors whereby policy initiatives to spur manufacturing and overall growth are coordinated with transport corridors linking both developed and backward regions. The vision is to create a globally competitive manufacturing sector supported by world class infrastructure, logistics facilities, and a liberal policy regime. This scheme can serve as the much needed gateway that Hyperloop needs to enter India," the company website states.

Explaining how the technology would work, Hyperloop One says, "The Hyperloop is a new way to move people or things anywhere in the world quickly, safely, efficiently, on-demand and with minimal impact to the environment. The system accelerates a passenger or cargo vehicle through a steel tube in a near-vacuum using that linear electric motor. The autonomous vehicles glide comfortably at faster-than-airline speeds over long distances due to the extremely low aerodynamic drag and non-contact levitation. There are no direct emissions, noise, delay, weather concerns nor pilot error. By eliminating the three fundamental things that prevent modern transportation from reaching its full potential – air resistance, friction and energy dependency on the grid/fossil fuels – the Hyperloop seeks to change the way humans think about transportation."

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu has already expressed interest in the idea, and according to reports, his ministry is already exploring the project. "India would be keenly watching the project. We all are living in exciting times. India is thinking of ways to revamp its railway network by various means like increasing the average speeds as well as developing specific high-speed corridors," Prabhu said.

The company is expected to run the world's first full-system test later this year in Nevada, USA. The UAE too is in line to get Hyperloop network, that would minimise the travel time, for instance, between Abu Dhabi and Dubai to a mere 12 minutes.


Vote now

In its Facebook page, Hyperloop has opened a poll for the public to vote for their most preferred corridor, out of the five listed earlier, on which it would execute the project. Readers can vote by logging on to https://www.facebook.com/HyperloopOne/

 

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  • Sanjeev, Hyderabad

    Sun, Mar 19 2017

    We shall get the test results of first 500m prototype in Dec 2017 from test tract in USA.
    I believe it shall come to Bharat quite soon. Have faith in the current development around Indian Railways.
    What UK carries in a year is what Indian Rail carries in day !!!

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, Mar 8 2017

    Let Hyperloop One project materialize late than never. May be future generation would benifit from such sceintific advancements. Before that State/National road authrorities complete the infrastructure and road networks, important fly-overs, proper padestrian foot-paths and traffic signals.
    I had been to Mangalore and got so fed up with heavy traffic, in completed fly-overs, honking , vehicle emmision and dust, speeding buses. Pumpwell circle (previously) now incomple flyover juction. OMG!
    Curruption and irespnsibility by the people concerned.

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  • sampath, India

    Wed, Mar 8 2017

    No wonder we see so many negative comments....these guys never heard such things in 60 years from congress as they were happy with BPL cards , Bhagyas and reservations.....soch badlo desh badlega...

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  • kas, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 8 2017

    We are still hearing of Bullet trains .......

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  • Annu, Kudla

    Wed, Mar 8 2017

    Perhaps after reading this news comments if you feel like as if you are in Pakistan, please do not get offended in reality you are well an indian living in india or abroad!

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  • Godwin, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 8 2017

    Genuinely it may start in City like Dubai.

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  • Varadaraj, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    Talking about these plans.. Hoping for the best. But the root system of administration must be proper. Else all the things will go in vain. If japan can overcome tsunami within 6 days. Y india cant? This is because of bad seeds in a system.

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  • Haneec, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    Lot of rails are coming! Most of the rails doesn't have tracks. I heard mangalore railway station also will become international standards. International means not Africa right ?????

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  • Mohammed, Kundapur/Qatar

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    Till 2019 No Way Possible..
    We can get 1 more Statue for sure.

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  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    If at all this materializes, you can rest assured, just like Russian Pipavav or French Rafale or Australian coalmines, mandatory requirement to bag this hyperloop contract would be to have a family name starting with A and ending with I. And of course, as part of any other Ullu banawing sheme, this too will have a 'make in India' tag.

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  • Navin Shetty, Manipal/Bahrain

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    So many negative comments, shame on you guys!

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  • Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    Here in india to build a few hundred metre flyover takes ages... and this hyperloop which needs to be built about the ground as per the photos of it,...... how many years would it take to complete the track as it is shown in the above picture..... which seems like it is more that 4000 kms long.

    Actually ... india landing man on mars is more likely than this.

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  • Godwin, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 8 2017

    Example,
    Bikarnakatte, kaikamba Bridge....feel shame when i see this.

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  • Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 8 2017

    Godwin,

    I dont know about that bridge, but just look at all the flyovers, all of them look pathetic.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    Rs. 15 Lakh ?
    All the dreams may not become a reality. Why are you still dreaming?
    Wish that Hyperloop One project will become a reality. Mubai - M'lore just 50 minutes!

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  • welwisher, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    We should be happy with the trains we have. There's lots thats changed from previous years. Tracks need to be improved to take our trains to the next level .Maintaince on Trains need to be done to get them perform better so also with signal systems ... the list are endless.We are a lucky few countries that have metro connectivity .Now regarding Hyperloop ...?but much before our Bullet trains need to arrive as promised.Untill then we could have the images of Bullet trains pasted on the present trains and people always have the liberty to Dream of a future mode that could arrive as promised....

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    We are still waiting for Acche Din ...

    DisAgree [18] Agree [38] Reply Report Abuse

  • krishna, mangalore

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    I m not supporting any party. but i would like to ask you, Why every time you talk so negetive?.. lets hope for the best. Its easy to comment on the any party, any government. fault finding and critisizing is easy. As a citizen of country what is your contribution to realize achche din apart from critisizing govnt?

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  • Pradeep, Bangalore

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    First fill the pot holes on the roads so that people can commute with little ease.

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  • Rajesh, dubai

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    When Police most corrupt; religious leaders too not immune: Survey found than I feel it is a dream project... if it is completed without any corruption.

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  • Shiva M S, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    Hyperloop is a 2030 or may be 2050 dream,But for now please repair that 20 Kms Road Stretch near Shiradi Ghat.Dumb Government of Karnataka.

    Our only goal is to Destroy Nature or Overrule Nature,And show how forward we are in Technology.
    Technology cannot create another Universe or an object whose dimension is Unknown or Infinity.

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  • Edward R. Monteiro, Kulshekar, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    Mr. Shiva: to maintain the National Highway is the responsibility of the Central Govt through the respective State Government and it is funded by Union Govt. Shiradi Ghat falls on the National Highway No 75 Mangalore- Bangalore Highway. So do not blame the Stae Government. If you need further clarification, contact the National Highway division Office at Urwa, Mangalore on
    PH: 0824-2450415. Jai Hind

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    I got lost ! Science & Technology reaching new heights.
    Once upon a time radio, TV , space travel, smart phone etc. were simply a dream and the dream became reality. What an achievement.
    @ Jossey Saldanha
    Are you ready to travel Mubai - Mangalore test journey. (I will never)

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  • Sainik, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    First let them fill the potholes with mud and stones as they normally do.
    Hyperloop is like a day dream and it will not come true this the current generation is alive.
    May be our great grandchildren will have a chance in their old age to sit in the Hyperloop.

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  • Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    We dont have proper safe roads......... and this article is taking about hyperloop.

    And other thing is that hyperloop wont work. I saw a youtube video of a scientist explaining why.

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  • santhu, Mumbai/Udupi

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    Day dreaming..............!

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  • Flavian dsouza, chik/bengaluru

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    Bangalore mysore should start but peole who have built highways should be compensated if not project will never kick off !!!why no other country has done it yet !!!

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    i hope bjp will not make this as election agenda manifesto , jankulen marl malpere.

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  • Tom Cat, Mumbai

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    always vote for congress or bjp surely the country will progress but back wards.

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  • Ahmed, Bangalore

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    What happened to Bullet Train ?

    Only in dream we can think of such speed in India. The reason is our current infrastructure & corruption.

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  • Amar Nathal, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    Bullets only top politicians are allowed to fire!

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  • Rupesh, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    Soil test for bullet train begins near Thane

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  • ahmed hussian, uchil

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    POSSIBLE BUT OUR GREAT GRAND CHILDREN MAY ENJOY BECAUSE THIS IS INDIA

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  • prem, moodbidri

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    FEKU knows very well, only wealthy Gujjus can afford Bullet train, so he has granted that project for Ahmadabad to Mumbai line. It is Rs 9,800 crores investment and if it fails, it will be a big set back for Indian economy. Also, daily maintenance is going to cost in crores. So, the ticket price will be almost equal to air plane ticket price (Rich people, where there is no airport facility only will benefit by bullet train)!

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  • prem, moodbidri

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    Amazing idea...!

    But, before conducting poll, the service provider should give idea on the "ticket price", so that people can decide whether it is really required. It doesn't look common man's cup of tea!

    As per reports, Hyperloop one has already signed Abu Dhabi and Dubai project (connecting both cities in just 12 minutes!) & it would be its first project.

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  • Abu mohammed, KSA, Mangaluru

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    it may be a reality in Dubai in 2020, but in India??? with loot and fake gangs on board??? do not imagine it until 2200...

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  • Ashok Kotian, Mangalore / Mumbai

    Tue, Mar 7 2017

    Waiting for the miracle to become reality. Keep it up.

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