India to offer land to Elon Musk for testing Hyperloop in Pune

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People can travel a distance of 800 KM in under 35 minutes. Futuristic transport systems such as Elon Musk’s Hyperloop, with a speed of 1,120kmph, can make such impossibilities a reality.

India’s Union Transport Minister, Nitin Gadkari, just offered Elon Musk land in Pune as a testing site to run his Hyperloop prototype, reports Storypick.

Elon Musk has been offered the westerly bypass of Pune connected to the Express Highway to run his Hyperloop as a pilot project. Hyperloop is a futuristic transport system through which capsules are propelled using simply air and can achieve speeds of 1,120 kmph, making it an extremely clean and efficient mode of transport.

Elon Musk proposed the Hyperloop in 2011

Elon Musk proposed the Hyperloop in 2011

Along with land area, Nitin Gadkari has also encouraged Elon Musk to set up a manufacturing base in India for other clean energy projects like solar battery storage and electric cars.

“I just offered them … 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,” Mr. Nitin Gadkari said.

‘”It is up to SpaceX to decide whether or not to accept my offer,” he added.

According to Yahoo, The Chief Minister of western Indian state of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, added that his state government has also asked SpaceX to develop the product and then test it in the state.

With Hyperloop, Musk has the vision to change the way people travel between cities. One of biggest hurdles for his superfast train, which uses air for propulsion and runs along magnetic tracks, has been convincing local governments and dealing with politicians to acquire land rights.

Earlier this year, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies announced that it had signed an agreement with the government of Slovak Republic to explore building a Hyperloop system that connects Bratislava with Vienna, Austria, and Budapest, Hungary.


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