Q.7:- What objectives did the British intend to achieve through their policies of infrastructure development in India?
During the British rule, some basic infrastructure was developed in the form of railways, water transport, ports, post and telegraph, etc. However, the real intention behind these developments 1 was to serve their own colonial interest.
The main motives of British rulers behind the development of infrastructure in India were:
- To have effective control and administration over the vast Indian territory. For this, Britishers linked important administrative and military centres through railway lines.
- To earn profits through foreign trade. For this they linked railways with major ports and the marketing centres (or Mandies).
- To create an opportunity for profitable investment of British funds in India.
- To mobilise army within India and carrying out raw materials through roads to the nearest railway station or to the port to send it to Britain.