Between the Indian cities of Amaravati and Vijaywada, a Hyperloop could go in the not too distant future. At least, the government and the Hyperloop Transportation Technologies company signed a declaration of intent.
A Hyperloop route between two cities in the Indian state of Andha Pradesh is a first step towards establishing the region as a tech location. The project is to create around 2,500 jobs and start in October, as reported by TechCrunch. Then a test starts, which should check the feasibility of the project. A total of six months are estimated for this.
The second phase is the actual construction phase of the Hyperloop section. Private investors largely finance the work. Until the route is ready to go, it would probably take years.
The route is to create the core of a significantly better network of connections in India, which so far has a poor transport system. For the drive of the straight 42.8 kilometers, you need with the car currently still over 70 minutes. With the Hyperloop, this will be achievable in six minutes.
However, a conventional train track would also be much faster than the previous roads – and the Hyperloop is currently only a short test track in Nevada and first attempts with floating capsules still a real future technology without any final proof of feasibility and economy on a grand scale.
Another project reveals the fact that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is serious about modernization: Next week, Modi and his Japanese colleague, Shinzo Abe, will lay the foundations for another project: a Japanese high-speed train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad will be put into operation. So far, the 500-kilometer-long route lasts seven hours, with the new express train only two.
The Federal Government of Germany is also interested in business with India and is financing a feasibility study of a high-speed train from the South Indian metropolis of Chennai to Mysore. In the case of the billions of billions, the question arises whether a general overhaul of the public transport system might not be more cost-effective.