Maharashtra Without a HyperloopJanuary 19, 2020
On January 17, 2020 Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar admitted that his government is considering shelving the Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop project.
The dispute over the first hyperloop in India, and possibly in the world, has been going on since November 2019. After becoming the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray has started looking into hi-tech projects that were not top priority for him and his government. You can read more about it here and here.
Ajit Pawar is the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra and he has never been keen on the idea of hyperloop in India. On Friday he commented on the issue:
“Let it happen somewhere else. Let it become successful for at least a 10 km distance somewhere abroad.”
After hearing those words, the reporters from India Today asked if the Shiv Sena wants it to be scrapped then. The answer was not very reassuring.
“We do not have the capacity to experiment with Hyperloop. We will concentrate on other modes of transport and in the meantime, if that technology develops more with successful trials abroad, we can think about it.” Pawar said.
It looks like not even Sir Richard Branson’s assurances were enough to persuade the government to approve the newest technology in Maharashtra. On December, the founder of Virgin Group went to India in order to speak to Thackeray himself. Branson made it very clear that state would have no financial liability towards the Pune-Mumbai hyperloop.
Pawar did not say no but stalling the project is not something Virgin Hyperloop One would be happy about.