Podcast: Virgin Hyperloop One's Harj Dhaliwal on India, Saudi plans
EXCLUSIVE: Dubai-backed company's MD for the Middle East and India reveals key updates on CW Viewpoint
Hyperloop, an open-source technology that transports pods through vacuum-free tubes at airplane speeds, is rarely out of the media spotlight, and Los Angeles-based Virgin Hyperloop One – backed by Dubai port operator DP World – is one of world's best-known firms for the commercialisation of hyperloop systems in India and the GCC.
Harj Dhaliwal, managing director for the Middle East and India at Virgin Hyperloop One, sits down with Jack Ball, Construction Week’s senior reporter, in this week’s exclusive special guest episode of the Construction Week Viewpoint podcast.
He offers a full update on the group’s proposed route between Mumbai and Pune in India's Maharashtra state, including its progress in terms of regulatory certification and a proposed construction timeline.
Virgin Hyperloop One’s ongoing work in Saudi Arabia is also discussed during the episode, with the Middle East and India chief outlining the American company's work with authorities in the kingdom and what a Virgin Hyperloop One system in Saudi Arabia could look like.
Business leaders are regular podcast special guests. The weekly bulletin has welcomed the likes of Sean McCauley, chief executive officer of Devmark, Rizwan Sajan, founder of Dubai-headquartered building giant Danube Group, and tech entrepreneur Karim Helal, co-founder and CEO of building portal ProTenders.