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Dec 08 2016 (17:06)  High-speed travel the norm on Indian Railways soon? Check out what is on Narendra Modi govt agenda (www.financialexpress.com)
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Posted by: Jayashree ❖ Amita  36403 news posts
Going by the interest of the Union government, there is no doubt that high-speed train travel could well be the norm in India over the next few years.
Going by the interest of the Union government, there is no doubt that high-speed train travel could well be the norm in India over the next few years. Work on the 505-kilometre Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train project—supported by soft loans from Japan—is expected to start in 2017. While the Chinese and the Europeans are also keen to bring their version of high-speed trains to India, an added dose of competition has come in from Hyperloop Transportation Technology (HTT), an American company that is trying to build the Hyperloop, envisioned originally by Tesla founder Elon Musk
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in 2013. The pod-like vehicle could transport people in a near-vacuum tube at high speed between cities. HTT which is currently doing a feasibility study for a 160-kilometre stretch between Abu Dhabi and Al Ain is waiting for clearance from transport minister Nitin Gadkari’s office for starting work on the Mumbai-Pune stretch.
While a feasibility study could take 6-8 months, it would take 38 months to set it up post all approvals. Much will depend on how quickly the government can provide land for the project. However, the added advantage over conventional railways is that the vacuum tube can be strung up on poles where acquiring land is an issue. While it will cost R200 crore per kilometre for a bullet train, it will be in the region of $40 million (R260 crore) for the Hyperloop. But, operational expenses of the Hyperloop are a tenth of the bullet train since it does not have any mechanical parts and hence generates no friction.
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