Two British Era Bridges Cochin – 2 Old Postcards
Two old 1940s photo postcards of the British era bridges in Cochin, now Kochi. They are the Mattancherry and Venduruthy Bridges. The Kochi Backwaters or Vembanad lake is a massive body of water with an artificial island in between it. One of the biggest islands in India. Reclaimed by dredging from the planned shipping channel to the sea. Named Willingdon Island after Lord Willingdon the then Governor of Madras who sanctioned the project in the 1920s.
These two bridges are the links to this island on the north and south sides. Robert Bristow a Harbour engineer from Madras, now Chennai was the brain behind the creation of this island and the bridges. And are the links from Willingdon island to the mainland. All three transportation stations- the harbour, airport, and railway station are located on Willingdon island. The civilian airport has since moved out to a larger area on the outskirts of Kochi city.
See post Cochin Port Trust Office Building – Old Postcard 1950. Read also Old Bridge.
Did you know- the Mattancherry bridge had a lift span in the center that would be raised to allow free movement of ships. But the lift span was not used much and remained locked till now.
From the collection- 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal Art Abstract (#13)., 1948 Mumbai Great Cyclone – Two Old Newspaper Pages., British Military Royal Field Artillery At Belgaum-Old Photo 1870., Railway Accident In British India Era – Old Photograph 1900