World’s first ultra-fast Hyperloop project granted to Maharashtra

Question: Recently, the World’s first ultra-fast Hyperloop project has been granted to which Indian State?
(a) Karnataka
(b) Kolkata
(c) Maharashtra
(d) Andhra Pradesh
Answer: (c)
Related facts:

  • Maharashtra has granted infrastructure project status for a $10-billion plan to build the world’s first ultra-fast hyperloop project on 1st August, 2019.
  • A hyperloop is an ultra-high-speed ground transportation system akin to bullet trains.
  • The American transport tech firm ‘Virgin Hyperloop One’ will be constructing the route between Mumbai and Pune.
  • ‘Virgin Hyperloop One’ firm is led by Richard Branson.
  • This project stretching over 117.5km.
  • The Mumbai-Pune hyperloop is expected to slash the 3.5 hour travel time between the two cities to 35 minutes.
  • Hyperloops use magnets to levitate pods inside an airless tube, creating conditions in which the pods can shuttle people and freight at speeds of up to 1,200 km per hour.
  • The first phase of the plan envisages an 11.8-km (7.33-mile) -long track to be built in up to 2-1/2 years with an investment of 50 billion Indian rupees ($724 million) in Pune.


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