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The days are not long, when people can travel from Delhi to Mumbai, in 70 minutes or to, any Indian state, in just 60 minutes. Yes, this is possible with Hyperloop technology concept. This technology is considered as an alternative to high-speed train.
In this technology people are transited in pods, through reduced pressure steel tubes.
Hyper loop, will take only minutes, to transport you from one Indian city to another, faster than any existing airline. If you think this travel mode is expensive to take, then you are wrong. This will be cheaper than any transport mode, exist.
HIGHLIGHTS of hyperloop
- Hyperloop travel mode is an alternative to high-speed train
- It will transit freight or passengers in pods through reduced-pressure steel tubes
The company is under the process of raising funds. The planned meetings with government bodies in India is on and talks on framing regulatory norms for this new technology is under process. The new concept, is backed by DP World, Sherpa Capital and GE Ventures among others, who boasts it as the only one to have a fully operational prototype and a full-blown test run is due by March in Nevada, US.
Similar to the first commercial project, that will connect Abu Dhabi and Dubai. the company is looking at the feasibility in India. With $160 million backup, the first CP is scheduled to be completed by 2020.
Coming to India, the project is looking at five corridors where the system can be built, which are
- Mumbai-Chennai and
- a port connector project.
THE SPEED OF HYPERLOOP
A pod can travel at a speed of around 1,080 kmph inside the tube on a cushion of air. It will have 24 luxury or 50 business class or 80-90 economy class seats. Pods travelling at an interval of 10 seconds can propel 20,000 passengers in each direction per hour. Each pod can transport nearly 70 tonnes of cargo.
Deadline for exchange of old notes may be extended upto 31 March 2017
Reserve Bank of India may give another chance to citizens, to exchange old banknotes, but the exchange would be for, as small as 2000 amount. This also applies to people, who were abroad at the time of demonetization.
people who failed to deposit all their currency, by December 30 deadline can deposit old notes, only at RBI offices, and they have to give a valid reason, for missing the deadline. The new deadline given by RBI, is expected to end by 31 March.
THE UNSUNG HEROES OF INDIA FOR PADMA SHREE AWARDS
The Government has identified 15 unsung heroes, for the padma shree award this 2017. Apparently, this is the first time in the Indian history, when the govt has gone beyond well known doctors, to honor those who have dedicated their lives to working for the poor.
First time in the Indian history, people for padma shree award have been selected solely on the basis of merit and not on recommendations as we saw in previous government.
Few of the unsung heroes this year:
• Bipin Ganatra, popularly known as ‘Fireman’ in Kolkata, has volunteered his services to the fire department over the past 40 years. He has been involved in rescue operations in over 100 fires across the city.
• Meenakshi Amma, a 76-year-old Kalayaripattu trainer from Kerala.
• Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal, who developed the ‘Seechewal’ model of underground sewerage system
• Daripalli Ramaiah, known as the ‘Green Soldier’, has planted over one crore trees.
• Chintakindi Mallesham invented a mechanised Poochampali silk sari weaving machine to ease the pain of weavers. He invented the project after witnessing the pain experienced by his mother while weaving.
• Dr Subrato Das, known as the highway messiah, set up the Lifeline Foundation in Vadodara which works with existing resources to optimise medical response to road accident victims on highways.
• Genabhai Dargabhai Patel, a handicapped farmer, developed new techniques in farming and transformed drought-hit border district of Banaskantha into one of the largest producers of pomegranate. Banaskantha is also exporting pomegranate to the Middle East now.
• Dr Bhakti Yadav, a 91-year-old from Indore, has been selflessly treating patients for free since last 70 years.