First it was bullet trains, then maglev technology, and now India is considering the ultimate high-speed transport option – the Hyperloop.
The Economic Times reports that India’s Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari, spent time in the US recently and met with the Hyperloop’s founder, Elon Musk.
And it appears Gadkari was impressed; he is now considering the tube-style transport system as an ultra-fast way of connecting Mumbai and Pune.
“They want some road for experimental purpose. I offered them the westerly bypass of Pune connected to the Express Highway. The idea is they can take an experiment between Mumbai and Pune as a pilot project,” the minister was quoted saying by the Economic Times.
The Hyperloop concept sees capsules of passengers and cargo shot down a tube at speeds of approximately 1,300kph – faster than an aircraft. This would allow passengers to cover the Mumbai-Pune journey in a matter of minutes.