Willingdon Island

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Recently, the Cochin Port Joint Trade Union Forum has urged the Prime Minister of India to take effective steps to revive the lost glory of Willingdon Island.

About Willingdon Island

  • It is among the most beautiful locations in the Kochi area.
  • This is a man-made island, named after Lord Willingdon who was a British Viceroy of India.
  • It is among the biggest of its kind in India.
  • It is a major commercial centre and has some of the best hotels in the city.
  • It is also home to the Kochi Naval Base of the Indian Navy, the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology and the Port of Kochi.
  • It handles millions of tonnes of freight every year.
  • The island is connected to the mainland by the Venduruthy Bridge.

Who was Lord Willingdon (1931 - 1936)?

  •  He was the 22nd Viceroy and Governor-General of India.
  • Major events during his tenure
    • Introduction of the Government of India Act, 1935.
    • The Second Round Table Conference, held in 1931, saw the participation of Gandhi as a representative of the Congress. 
    • British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald introduced the Communal Award in 1932.
    • The Poona Pact of 1932 was reached between Gandhi and Ambedkar to address provisions related to fair representation of backward classes.
    • The Third Round Table Conference, held in 1932, failed as neither Gandhi nor Congress attended.

Q1) What is an Island?

It is any area of land smaller than a continent and entirely surrounded by water. Islands may occur in oceans, seas, lakes, or rivers. A group of islands is called an archipelago.

Source: Cochin Port unions urge PM Modi to revive lost glory of Willingdon Island