As it stands now, it seems Virgin will build the world’s first large-scale hyperloop system in India. Earlier this month, the government of the Indian state of Maharashtra approved Virgin Hyperloop One’s plans to develop a high-speed line between Mumbai and Pune.

The planned hyperloop line will connect the two cities in western India, which are around 100 miles apart, in 35 minutes. This would be a drastic reduction in current travel times of three and a half hours by car.

Hyperloop technology was conceived by Musk in 2013. The systems would project pods at near-supersonic speeds through partially depressurized tubes. Proponents of the technology believe that it could be used to create a cleaner, high-speed public transport alternative to trains and planes. It’s safe to say we’ll be keeping an eye on the development of this hyperloop system in India.

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