Andhra Pradesh govt plans to connect Amaravati and Vijayawada with Hyperloop
Having junked the proposed metro project from Vijayawada to Amarawati, the Andhra Pradesh government is planning to introduce Hyperloop — the mode of transportation invented Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk — that will connect the two cities.
This will supposedly cover the distance of over 35 km between the two cities only in five minutes.
Hyperloop project has not been implemented for practical use anywhere in the world yet.
The AP Economic Development Board (AP-EDB) and the US- based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Amaravati on Wednesday. But an official release on the MoU did not disclose the probable cost of the project.
The project will be taken up in the public-private- partnership mode with the funding coming primarily from private investors, the release said.
Hyperloop envisages a ‘tube modular transport system’ that runs free of friction. It is still in trial stages in different countries.
Following his first interaction with HTT executives during the World Economic Forum in Switzerland in January, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu held another round of talks with them at the Secretariat here recently.
HTT chairman and co-founder Bibop Gresta and EDB CEO J Krishna Kishore signed the MoU.
Under the MoU, the HTT will conduct a feasibility study from the next month to “analyse the surrounding cityscapes to create the best route between the two cities”.
“After the six-month feasibility study, we will construct and build the first Hyperloop in India,” the HTT said.
“The AP-EDB, along with the state government, will assist HTT with all regulatory requirements and develop and implement Hyperloop in Amaravati,” CEO Kishore was quoted as saying in the release.