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Hyperloop One enables people to travel in specially designed travel pods through tunnels that are installed on concrete pillars.
The presence of a vacuum inside the tunnels where the pods travel contributes to the high speeds.
A plane ticket from Bengaluru to Chennai costs about Rs 2,000-3,000, but the ticket for the Hyperloop will cost around Rs 6,000.
It is difficult to fix ticket prices professionally because the government wants to keep them low.
There was a similar scenario with the high-speed railway line in Kerala.
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“Hyperloop is a new technology and a new regulatory body will have to be formed to ensure safety and accountability.
It will take Rs 300 crores to build 1km high-speed line, but HyperLoop, citing its San Francisco to Los Angeles plan, says it will take `72 crore per kilometre.
It will cut down travel time from 90 minutes to 12 minutes.
Solar panels on top of the tubes and windmills on the pillars to tap energy will further reduce operational cost.
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Besides Hyperloop One, another US-based firm Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is in the fray for the revolutionary transportation service.
India is a strategic market for Hyperloop One and the company is in talks with various state governments and engineering services and construction companies.
Hyperloop One’s management is confident that it will be the first to build hyperloop.
With hyperloop, passengers and goods placed in pods inside a partial-vacuum tube are transported at speeds comparable to that of aircraft.