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Who hasn’t seen those science fiction movies where people travel in time to land in the future and see the world has changed much more than they could’ve ever imagined. People travelling via underground tunnels, modern space-esque tech used in everyday life and people reaching from place A to B at a lightning fast speed. We have always wondered if the movie future would ever come to become a reality and with the new hyperloop technology, it seems that we are truly progressing towards an ultra-modern era of development.

In a laud worthy move, the Maharashtra government has given the ‘Hyperloop India’ the status of “public infrastructure project” and it seems that the new era of public transport has finally dawned in India.

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What is a hyperloop exactly?

A hyperloop is a form of public transportation system which uses magnets and magnetic field to levitate (remember Harry Potter, yes quite like magic, but real science) a pod into a vacuum tunnel (sounds alien tech meets Indian reality).

Let us understand how exactly the technology works. Imagine a cylinder which is being propelled in a long vertical tube, the gravity will pull the cylinder down and out of the tube. Now imagine a similar tube, metallic and horizontal, since a vacuum is created in the tube, gravity is nullified. The pod or a metallic capsule holding the passengers is then propelled in it via magnetic fields. The magnetic fields help the pod to move, creating an ultra-fast means of transport which can carry passengers at a speed of over (750 miles or 1,700 km per hour).

How does the ‘public infrastructure’ status affect the project?

Declaring the ambitious project a ‘public infrastructure’ means that the project will soon become a reality and the common people would be able to reap the benefits of the ultra-fast mode of travelling. It also means that the land acquisition for the project can be rushed and investment found easily. The proposed project is a 10 billion Dollar investment and even has the seal of approval from Billionaire, businessman and scientist, Elon Musk.

Once completed, the project will make travelling at lightning speed (almost) a reality and we cannot wait to be whisked away, quite literally, in a capsule propelled by nothing but sheer magnetic field, vision and pure science.

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