- 18 Nov 2019
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- Willingdon Island is a seaport located in the city of Kochi, Kerala.
- It is the largest man-made/artificial island of India and is surrounded by backwaters (a part of a river in which there is little or no current).
- It was carved out of Vembanad Lake and is connected via road and rail. The island is connected to the mainland by the Venduruthy Bridge.
- It is a major commercial centre and is home to the Kochi Naval Base of the Indian Navy, the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology and the Port of Kochi.
- It was named after the Viceroy Lord Willingdon and was created artificially in 1936 during his rule to improve the trade relations of British India with the rest of the world.
- He served as 22nd Viceroy and Governor-General of India from 1931 to 1936.
- Important events of this period include:
- Second (1931) and Third (1932) Round Table Conferences
- Relaunching of Civil Disobedience Movement
- Communal Award by Ramsay MacDonald (1932)
- Poona Pact (1932)
- Government of India Act 1935
- Separation of Burma from India.