Mumbai: The Government of Maharashtra is exploring Hyperloop transportation technology for the Mumbai-Pune route with an aim to reduce the travel time between them to just 25 minutes.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is currently in the US, visited the Virgin HyperloopOne test site in Nevada and met the company’s CEO and board member, Rob Lloyd, a statement from the CMO said. Virgin HyperloopOne plans to send engineers to Pune shortly to conduct a study, it said.

The government is exploring the Hyperloop technology to drastically cut the travel time between the two key cities, located around 200km away from each other. That’s why, it has approached a US-based firm, Virgin HyperloopOne, for the modern train project.

The Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (PMRDA) has already identified a 15-km long demonstration track for Hyperloop.

It is noteworthy that 70% of materials and components required for hyperloop can be sourced within Maharashtra itself, the statement added.

Virgin HyperloopOne founder-chairman Richard Branson had announced a framework agreement for the project in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Fadnavis during his visit to Mumbai for the ‘Magnetic Maharashtra’ conclave held in February.

The company recently completed a pre-feasibility study for the Mumbai-Pune route.

The electric efficient hyperloop system will ease expressway congestion and reduce greenhouse gas emissions up to 1,50,000 ton annually, the statement added.