Bengaluru, India (Urban Transport News): Virgin Hyperloop One (VHO) and Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), operator of the award-winning Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru on 27th September 2020 have entered into a first-of-its-kind of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to conduct a feasibility study for a proposed Hyperloop corridor from BLR Airport to City Centre in Bengaluru, India.
The MoU was exchanged through a digital platform between Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman of Virgin Hyperloop and DP World, and T.M. Vijay Bhaskar, IAS, Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka, and Chairman of the Board of Directors at BIAL in the presence of Kapil Mohan, IAS, Principal Secretary, Infrastructure Development Department, Government of Karnataka.
After signing the agreement, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said:
We are honored to partner with Bangalore International Airport Limited to explore ways in which hyperloop can become a part of the solution to tackle congestion and support economic growth in Bengaluru. Beyond just the transit of passengers, airports are a crucial conduit for goods, especially time-sensitive deliveries. A hyperloop-connected airport would dramatically improve the delivery of cargo and create an ultra-efficient supply chain.
"BIAL aims to make BLR Airport a transportation hub that connects people and places together through various modes of transport. In addition to its well-established road network, BLR Airport will soon be connected with the suburban railway in few weeks and have Metro connectivity in four years," said the official press statement.
TM Vijay Bhaskar, Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka and Chairman of the Board of Directors, BIAL, said:
The Government of Karnataka has implemented several measures to improve the transport infrastructure of the State. The commissioning of a feasibility study for hyperloop connectivity from BLR Airport is another major step towards building the infrastructure required to define mobility for the future, enabling the efficient movement of people.
The pre-feasibility study, which focuses on technical, economic, and route feasibility, is expected to be completed in 2 phases of six months each. With speeds of up to 1,080 kmph, the hyperloop could transport thousands of passengers per hour from BLR Airport to the city center in under 10 minutes, according to the preliminary analysis.
Jay Walder, CEO of Virgin Hyperloop, said:
As India’s hub for technology and innovation, Karnataka is embracing hyperloop as a way to keep pace, support clean growth, and open new opportunities for the city,” “A hyperloop-enabled airport would not only allow for faster travel times, it would create a 21st-century passenger experience and expand airport capacity.
“At BIAL, our vision is to make BLR Airport the new gateway to India by transforming it as a transportation hub. We are excited to take this landmark step which can catalyse the economic growth of the state of Karnataka and the region. Technological innovation is key to building and sustaining a world-class transportation hub, and this study is an important step forward. This mode of transportation offers the enormous economic potential, connecting passengers at unprecedented speeds, with zero emissions,” said Hari Marar, MD & CEO, BIAL.
The travellers could streamline their multimodal trip with a seamless check-in and security – for both their hyperloop as well as air travel at centrally-located hyperloop portals.