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Answer the Following Question. "Roadways Still Have an Edge Over Railways in India." Support the Statement with Examples. - Social Science

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Answer the following question.
"Roadways still have an edge over railways in India." Support the statement with examples.

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Solution

Roadways have an edge over the railways in view of the ease with which they can be built and maintained.

The growing importance of road transport vis-à-vis rail transport is rooted in the following reasons :

  • The construction cost of roads is much lower than that of railway lines.
  • Roads can traverse comparatively more dissected and undulating topography.

  • Roads can negotiate higher gradients of slopes and as such can traverse mountains such as the Himalayas.
  • Road transport is economical in the transportation of a few persons and a relatively smaller amount of goods over short distances.

  • It also provides door-to-door service, thus the cost of loading and unloading is much lower.
  • Road transport is also used as a feeder to other modes of transport such as they provide a link between railway stations, air, and seaports.

Concept: Importance of Means of Communication and Transportation
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