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“We have signed an agreement with Maharashtra to build a Virgin Hyperloop between Mumbai and Pune, beginning with an operational demonstration track in the region,” Virgin Group chairman Richard Branson said on the first day of Magnetic Maharashtra investor summit here this evening. With easier access to airport gates, the loop will be able to ferry 150 million passengers every year. “The proposed Hyperloop transportation system will transform the transportation system and make Maharashtra a global pioneer in the space.
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The socioeconomic benefits of the project is USD 55 billion,” Branson said, claiming that the project will create thousands of jobs. Details such as the project cost and a timeline are yet to be announced. The Hyperloop route will be a fully electric system and will have the capability travel up to 1,000 km per hour. The proposed project will begin after a six-month in-depth feasibility study which will analyze and define the route alignment, including environmental impact, economic and commercial viability, the regulatory framework, and cost and funding model suggestions.
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