Followings are the points of importance of transport:
a. Makes available raw materials to manufacturers:
Transport makes it possible to carry raw materials from places where they are available, to places where they can be processed and assembled into finished goods.
b. Makes available goods to customers:
Transport makes possible movement of goods from one place to another with great ease and speed. Thus, consumers spread in different parts of the country have the benefit of consuming goods produced at distant places.
c. Enhances standard of living:
Easy means of transport facilitates large-scale production at low costs. It gives consumers the choice to make use of different quantities of goods at different prices. So it raises the standard of living of the people.
d. Helps during emergencies and natural calamities:
In times of national crisis, due to war or internal disturbance, transport helps in quick movement of troops and the supplies needed in the operation.
e. Helps in creation of employment:
Transport provides employment opportunity to individuals as drivers, conductors, pilots, cabin crew, captain of the ship, etc. who are directly engaged in transport business. It also provides employment to people indirectly in the industries producing various means of transport and other transport equipments. People can also provide repairing and maintenance services by opening service centres at convenient locations.
f. Helps in labour mobility:
Transport helps a lot in providing mobility to workers. You may be aware that people from our country go to foreign countries to work in different industries and factories. Foreigners also come India to work. In India, people also move from one part to another in search of work. Similarly, it is not always possible to have workers near the factory. Most industries have their own transport system to bring the workers from where they reside to the place of work.
g. Helps in bringing nations together:
Transport facilitates movement of people from one country to another. It helps in exchange of cultures, views and practices between the people of different countries. This brings about greater understanding among people and awareness about different countries. Thus, it helps to promote a feeling of international brotherhood.