The creation of a demonstration unit for hyperloop technology would be a good result for India: Saraswat

If India can create a demonstration unit for hyperloop technology for ultra-high-speed travel in the next 4-5 years, then it would be a “good result” for the country, Niti Aayog member VK Saraswat said Thursday. Saraswat, who heads a committee to explore the technological and commercial viability of Virgin Hyperloop technology, also said the technology in the country must be part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative.

“In the next 4-5 years, if we could create a demonstration unit (for hyperloop technology) in Maharashtra, it would be good for us to learn a lot before expanding it,” he told PTI in an interview. The Virgin Hyperloop test run was conducted on November 9, 2020, on a 500m track in Las Vegas in the United States with a pod, as hyperloop vehicles are called, traveling with passengers, including an Indian, inside a closed tube at more than 100 mph or 161 km / h. Virgin Hyperloop is among the few companies that are currently trying to build such a system for passenger travel.

Maharashtra considered the hyperloop a public infrastructure exercise and approved the Virgin Hyperloop-DP World Consortium as the original proponent of the Mumbai-Pune hyperloop project. “What we’re planning today is just a kind of demonstration experiment. It’s not like we’re going to immediately convert it into a citywide commercial project,” said Saraswat, former head of the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), said. also noted that the introduction of hyperloop technology would take time in India. “The technology itself is not mature, there are security problems, there are economic problems, and there are some problems regarding atmanirbharta, how much of it can be made in the country, “he noted. Saraswat said he doesn’t want it to be 99% imported technology.” It has to be part of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and it should be developed, designed and installed in India, “he said. Hyperloop is a technology proposed by inventor and businessman Elon Musk, who is behind electric car company Tesla and commercial space transport company SpaceX. With hyperloop, vehicles gradually accelerate tr amite electric propulsion through a low pressure pipe. The pod floats along the track using magnetic levitation and glides at air speeds for long distances thanks to the ultra-low drag. Virgin Hyperloop announced a partnership with Bangalore International Airport last month to conduct a feasibility study for a proposed hyperloop corridor. from the airport. The committee has Sudhendu Jyoti Sinha, adviser – infrastructure connectivity, Niti Aayog, as chairman. Other members include the chairman and chief executive of the railway council VK Yadav; secretaries of the ministries of housing and urban affairs and of road and motorway transport; and the transportation secretary of the government of Maharashtra. President of DRDO, managing director of Delhi Metro, director and president of IIT-Delhi, Technology Its members are also the Information, Forecasting and Evaluation Council. The committee’s mandate is to study Virgin Hyperloop technology and its commercial viability, safety, regulation, and finalize the document within six months of its first meeting. The committee may also invite industry experts and representatives from various organizations at its meetings.

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  • If India can create a demonstration unit for hyperloop technology for ultra-high-speed travel in the next 4-5 years, then that would be a good result for the country, Niti Aayog member VK Saraswat said Thursday.
  • The creation of a demonstration unit for hyperloop technology would be a good result for India: Saraswat