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Willingdon Island

  • 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.

Lord Willingdon

  • 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.
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