Daily Archives: June 17, 2018

Chief Minister of Maharashtra Visits Virgin Hyperloop One’s Test Facility to View Live Test; Feasibility Study of Pune-Mumbai Route in Advanced Stage

Shri. Devendra Fadnavis, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Views Live Test at Virgin Hyperloop One’s DevLoop Test Track

Pune to Mumbai Hyperloop Project Advances into Second Half of Feasibility Study

NORTH LAS VEGAS, June 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, and representatives from the State Government including the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA), visited Virgin Hyperloop One at their full-scale hyperloop test site in the Nevada Desert — building upon  the historic Framework Agreement signed in February to build the first hyperloop in India. Justin Fishner-Wolfson and Nick Fox were in attendance as well, representing Virgin Hyperloop One’s Board of Directors. The Pune-Mumbai hyperloop project has currently reached the midpoint of the in-depth feasibility study, which is on track to finish this summer. Chief Minister of Maharashtra visits Virgin Hyperloop One's test facility to view live test

“This was a very fruitful discussion and we should be able to start moving on this project very fast,” said Shri. Devendra Fadnavis, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharshta.

The feasibility study will build upon the findings of the pre-feasibility study signed in November 2017 between Virgin Hyperloop One and the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA). Virgin Hyperloop One’s feasibility study team consists of world-class experts from Systra, KPMG and Turner & Townsend who will analyze and define the route alignment including environmental impacts, the economic and commercial aspects of the route, the regulatory and safety framework, and cost and funding strategies to deliver the project. A significant proportion of the Virgin Hyperloop One system components are expected to be manufactured locally, especially in Maharashtra — creating new high-technology and manufacturing jobs.

The hyperloop route will link central Pune, Navi Mumbai International Airport, and Mumbai in 25-minutes, connecting 26 million people and creating a thriving, competitive megaregion. The high-capacity passenger and cargo hyperloop route will eventually support 150 million passenger trips annually, saving more than 90 million hours of travel time, and providing citizens with greater opportunities and social and economic mobility. The hyperloop system will also have the potential for the rapid movement of palletized freight and light cargo between
the Port of Mumbai and Pune, creating a robust backbone for on-demand deliveries, supply chains, and next-generation logistics.

“I am incredibly excited to see this Pune-Mumbai hyperloop project go from a vision to reality as it starts detailed planning. The opportunity is enormous — to connect 26 million people with access to affordable infrastructure that will unlock significant economic and social value.” said Sir Richard Branson. “It is an honour to work with the State of Maharashtra and its key stakeholders, sharing their vision to transform not only transportation but wider society.”Chief Minister of Maharashtra visits Virgin Hyperloop One's test facility to view live test

The Pune-Mumbai route could result in USD $55 billion (INR 350,000 crores) in socio-economic benefits (time savings, emissions and accident reduction, operational cost savings, etc.) over 30 years of operation, according to an initial pre-feasibility study completed by Virgin Hyperloop One. The 100% electric, efficient hyperloop system will ease severe expressway congestion and could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 150,000 tons annually.

“Traditionally, transportation has been very vertically integrated. With a wealth of talent and technological prowess right here in India, we’re looking for local partners to scale an integrated supply chain ecosystem.” said Virgin Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd. “The State of Maharashtra is positioning itself at the epicenter of a new global supply chain.”

Note for editors: For press signing photo, b-roll, fact sheet, click here. Additional Virgin Hyperloop One images can be accessed here.

About Virgin Hyperloop One

Virgin Hyperloop One is the only company in the world that has built a fully operational hyperloop system. Our team has the world’s leading experts in engineering, technology, and transport project delivery, working in tandem with global partners and investors to make hyperloop a reality, now. Virgin Hyperloop One is backed by key investors including DP WorldCaspian VC PartnersVirgin GroupSherpa CapitalAbu Dhabi Capital GroupSNCFGE VenturesFormation 8137 VenturesWTI, among others. For more information, visit www.virginhyperloopone.com.

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630 Migrants Get Warm Welcome in Spain

More than 600 men, women and children, mostly from Africa, had hopes for a better life rekindled Sunday when their rescue ships were allowed to dock in Spain.

The Aquarius, operated by Doctors Without Borders, pulled into the port of Valencia. The passengers were greeted by more than 2,300 Red Cross volunteers and other humanitarian workers, including police, doctors and translators.

A huge banner reading “Welcome Home” in several languages filled the arrivals with optimism and a feeling that they are wanted and welcome in Europe, a week after Italy and Malta turned them away.

About 100 of the migrants were on board the Aquarius. The others had been transferred to two Italian military ships to avoid overcrowding.

“The sad odyssey of the people on the Aquarius is another reminder that all people, regardless of their nationality or immigration status, should have access to basic assistance and protection,” Elhadj As Sy, secretary general of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said.

“No human being is illegal,” Sy added.

Initial medical examinations show no serious injuries or illnesses among the refugees. Most are adult men and women, including seven pregnancies. The others include children and teens.

Doctors Without Borders said the migrants come from 26 countries, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, but also from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Spain will offer them humanitarian stays of 45 days while their requests for asylum in Spain or France are considered.

The Aquarius picked up the 630 migrants off the Libyan coast last week. But the new right-wing Italian government refused to let the ship dock. Malta also sent it away.

But Spain’s new prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, announced the Aquarius and the two Italian military vessels would be welcome there, saying, “It is our duty to help avoid a humanitarian catastrophe and offer a safe port to these people to comply with our human rights obligations.”

Italian officials said their country has taken in enough migrants and have long complained other European Union members do not do enough.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has proposed the EU set up asylum processing centers in Africa to prevent what he calls “voyages of death” across the Mediterranean or migrants falling victims to criminal human traffickers.

Italy and Greece have been the most popular and closest destinations for those seeking to escape war, poverty and terrorism. But Spain is fast becoming another port of refuge because of the crackdown by Italy and crowded conditions on refugee camps in Greece.

European Union leaders meet later this month and migrant reform is expected to be the main topic.

Source: Voice of America