Chennai to Bengaluru in 30 minutes! Yes you heard it right, 30 minutes through landways. This is not any imagination but the reality, a dream come true! Which is the latest proposed mode of transportation, reports a national daily.
A US-based company has undertaken the overwhelming project for Indians to revolutionise the way we travel from one city to the other, wasting hours and hours in immobile traffic jams. As a mark of making the dream project a reality the company has set eyes on Chennai. Under the brainwork of Elon Musk, HyperLoop One proposes to propel people in travel through pods at 1,200kmph through a tube propped up on concrete pillars. The pod or train is able to achieve the speed because it floats in a vacuum inside the tunnel.
If the plan and the entire construction is a huge success, then people will be able to travel to Bengaluru in just 30 minutes and to Mumbai in over an hour.
The company took to Twitter to publicise their routes of interest. Chennai-Bengaluru, Chennai-Mumbai, Bengaluru-Thiruvananthapuram and Mumbai-Delhi.
HyperLoop has already sent a letter of consent to the Union ministry of road transport. Sources confirm that the travel between cities would be through bullet trains. The Japanese and Chinese researchers have started to study the Chennai-Bengaluru route to find out if they can lay tracks to run high-speed trains.
Hyperloop on their website says it can move people between cities for the normal rate of any bus travel. The company would charge the people only for the time and not for the mode of transport. The team which is behind the project says it is planning to install prefabricated tubes atop pillars, a move aimed to cut down cost and time of construction.
Solar panels on top of the tubes and windmills on the pillars to tap energy will further reduce operational cost. The pod uses magnetic system to move. It needs energy only when it begins the journey and can glide for more than 200 miles once it touches top speed.
The first line of propel travel between cities is to come linking Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the next five years which will cut down travel time from 90 minutes to 12 minutes.
Any plan which aims at high speed connectivity is good. But they may take more than a decade to take off because of different reasons. There will be procedural delays and time taken for approvals from the governmentSenior railway official, Indian Railways
It will take ‘300 crore to build 1km high-speed line, but HyperLoop, citing its San Francisco to Los Angeles plan, says it will take `72 crore per kilometre. But a railway official said cost will be an impediment. "It is difficult to fix ticket prices professionally because the government wants to keep them low. Going by the current rate of cost of construction, it will cost `6,000 to Bengaluru. The moment the fares are suggested, the government loses interest," he said.
Unlike Unites Arab Emirates, the terrain in India is not uniform and not barren and has a lot of bends and tilts. Since the pods will be carrying high speed trains, it has to be laid on straight grounds.Keeping aside the rough terrain, Indian government will have to decided on the proposed plan among the ruling party and the opposition. According to the Indian political structure, new rail projects will have to go through Research Design and Standards Organisation inspection.
Hyperloop is a new technology and a new regulatory body will have to be formed to ensure safety and accountability. It is unlikely that the government will allow the company to go unmonitoredRailway official