Modi inaugurates Kalam Memorial in Rameswaram
Rameswaram: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday inaugurated the memorial of former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam at Pei Karumbu in Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu on the second death anniversary of the former President.
The Prime Minister hoisted the National Flag and inaugurated the memorial in the presence of Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao, Chief Minister EK Palaniswamy, Central and State Ministers and other dignitaries.
The majestic memorial for the missile man Dr APJ Abdul Kalam has been designed and built by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) in an area of over 2 acres at Pei Karumbu near the pilgrimage centre where Dr Kalam was laid to rest two years ago.
The memorial has been built at a cost of about Rs 20 crores. It contains the models of Agni-II missile, SLV rocket and other missiles in the development of which the former President played a significant role. His personal belongings, the veena he used to play and several portraits are also displayed there.
The Prime Minister also unveiled a life-size bronze statue of Dr Kalam in the premises of the memorial, giving a fitting tribute to the tall leader who inspired the whole nation to dream to be a developed country by 2020.
In a related development, the Prime Minister flagged off the mobile science exhibition ‘Kalam Sandesh Vahini.’ The bus, housing science exhibits, will travel through the whole nation and reach Rashtrapathi Bhavan in New Delhi on October 15th, the birth anniversary of Dr Kalam.