India Back in the Game?February 17, 2020
It looks like Sir Richard Branson, who founded Virgin Group, does not want to give up on India even after what happened with the Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop project. To cut a long story short, it has been shelved on January 17, 2020 by Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister, Ajit Pawar, and his government. You can read more about that here.
It turns out that Branson was determined enough to reach out to Nitin Gadkari who is a politician from Maharashtra and currently occupies the position of Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation in the Government of India. Gadkari is also known to be open to new technologies and maybe even willing to take some risks when it comes to their development and implementation. This might be one of the key reasons why Virgin Hyperloop One (VHO) would like to have him on their side.
Branson has proposed to establish a hyperloop line connecting New Delhi and Mumbai. In order for that to happen, the tube would have to be 1.300 kilometres-long. The project is now barely at a preliminary stage, as there is no formal proposal from VHO yet. However, it is a good place to resume the conversation about the hyperloop system in India.