What objectives did the British intend to achieve through the policies of infrastructure development in India Economics CBSE class 11 ncert
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What objectives did the British intend to achieve through the policies of infrastructure development in India? - Economics CBSE class 11 ncert

Book: Indian Economic Development
Chapter 1: Indian Economy on the Eve of Independence
 (NCERT textbook questions)



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Infrastructure such as water transport, power, railways, roads, irrigation, posts and telegraphs were developed under the colonial rule. The objective of infrastructure development was not for the welfare of the Indian economy but to serve its own economic interests. The following points elaborate the objectives which Britain intended to achieve through the policies of infrastructure development in India. 

Roadways: Roads were built to mobilise the army from one place to another and to draw out raw materials from the countryside to the nearest railway station or ports.
Railways: In 1850, the railways were introduced in India which helped in the commercialisation of Indian agriculture. They also enabled movement of Britain-made finished goods to different places of India.
Communication: Development of a modern system of communication such as the introduction of the telegraph aimed to control the law and order in the country. This facilitated the integration of different parts of India and helped to develop trade, commerce and industry.


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