Virgin Hyperloop, BIAL ink MoU to study viable hyperloop corridors from BLR Airport
Virgin Hyperloop and Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), operator of Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB/ BLR Airport), inked a Memorandum of Understanding to conduct a feasibility study for a proposed Hyperloop corridor from BLR Airport.
The MoU was exchanged virtually between Sultan bin Sulayem, chairman of Virgin Hyperloop and DP World, and TM 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.
TM Vijay Bhaskar, IAS, Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka and chairman of the Board of Directors at BIAL Sultan bin Sulayem, chairman of Virgin Hyperloop and DP World exchange MoU virtually
“We are honoured 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,” said Sultan bin Sulayem, chairman of Virgin Hyperloop and group chairman and CEO of DP World. “Beyond just the transit of passengers, airports are 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.
"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," said TM Vijay Bhaskar, Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka and chairman of the Board of Directors, BIAL.
The pre-feasibility study, which focuses on technical, economic and route feasibility, is expected to be completed in two phases of six months each. With speeds of up to 1,080 kmph, hyperloop could transport thousands of passengers per hour from BLR Airport to the city center in under 10 minutes, according to the preliminary analysis. “The current feasibility study will look at connecting KIAB to Bengaluru city and then onward to another city in Karnataka. It will also explore the possibility of connecting it to other cities in the region,” said BIAL spokesperson in response to a query from The STAT Trade Times.
“If the project is feasible, we need get a go-ahead from the Government of Karnataka to proceed under relevant procurement policies. Once we have that, a DPR will be undertaken and submitted to the government. A hyperloop could, potentially, provide high-speed transport solutions to the city center and nearby cities for both cargo and passengers,” he added.
“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,” said Jay Walder, CEO of Virgin Hyperloop. “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 catalyze the economic growth of the state of Karnataka and the region. Technological innovation is key to building and sustaining world-class transportation hub, and this study is an important step forward. This mode of transportation offers enormous economic potential, connecting passengers at unprecedented speeds, with zero emissions,” said Hari Marar, MD & CEO, BIAL.
Travelers could streamline their multimodal trip with seamless check in and security – for both their hyperloop as well as air travel at centrally-located hyperloop portals.