Hyperloop onboards its First Indian Passenger Tanay Manjrekar Becomes the First Indian to Travel on Hyperloop

2020-11-18 16:22:00 Logistics News (Airlines & Aviation)

Virgin Hyperloop onboards its first Indian passenger. Tanay Manjrekar, a native of Pune and Virgin Hyperloop’s Power Electronics Specialist, becomes the first Indian to travel in hyperloop Pod at the DevLoop test facility at Las Vegas in the United States.  


With hyperloop, India can lead from the front and leapfrog with advanced tech-adoption in transportation and logistics sector. DP World and Virgin Hyperloop’s investment in this transformative technology is aligned with the Indian Government’s vision to drive innovation in the country and create high tech opportunities for advanced manufacturing, research & development, as well as generating employment. 


Successful human testing in Hyperloop Pod is a significant step forward in bringing hyperloop to India. From a project perspective, the  Government of Maharashtra has deemed hyperloop a public infrastructure project and approved the Virgin Hyperloop-DP World Consortium as the Original Project Proponent (OPP) for the Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop project. This is a landmark announcement for building the Mumbai-Pune hyperloop transportation system, recognizing hyperloop technology alongside other more traditional forms of mass transit. The proposed route will link two of the most important and high growth cities in India – Mumbai and Pune, over a distance of approximately 140 km in under 30 minutes. In addition to the saved journey time and its associated impact on productivity, economic growth and quality of life, there will be additional socio-economic benefits in the form of reduced pollution and enhanced safety. The project will create 1.8 million direct and indirect jobs and $36 billion USD in socio-economic benefits

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Virgin Hyperloop and Group Chairman & CEO of DP World said, “I have always had tremendous faith in the team at Virgin Hyperloop to transform this technology into a safe system, and today we have done that. We are one step closer to ushering in a new era of ultra-fast, sustainable movement of people and goods.”

He added: “DP World and Dubai are at the forefront of technological innovation in the transport and logistics industry. The world has been changing quickly and we wanted to be involved in the potential this mode of mass transportation presents, to connect markets and economies, keep trade flowing and help build the global economy’s next phase to accelerate growth”.

Rizwan Soomar, CEO & MD, DP World Subcontinent said, “Hyperloop is the first major innovation in mass transport in 100 years. The successful testing brings us closer to world’s first commercial hyperloop in India. In addition to the Mumbai- Pune route, several other hyperloop projects have been identified including Chandigarh-Delhi connectivity and the corridor from Bangalore Airport to the city centre to cover in 10 minutes.

At DP World, we are absolutely delighted about our partnership with hyperloop. We are very proud of our role in bringing about this technological innovation in the transport and logistics industry.”


“Working on hyperloop – let alone being one of the first to ride it – is truly a dream come true,” said Tanay Manjrekar, Power Electronics Specialist at Virgin Hyperloop. “It is my hope that India sees the tremendous opportunity ahead of it, to once again be an innovation leader and leapfrog the rest of the world, and continues its progress in the Mumbai-Pune hyperloop project.” 


Harj Dhaliwal, Managing Director of Middle East and India for Virgin Hyperloop said: “The opportunity for India to lead the world in this new form of transportation is unprecedented. The Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop project would be the largest private infrastructure investment in Maharashtra.” 

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