The Odisha government on Friday announced to rename the Wheeler Island as Abdul Kalam Island.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has named Bhadrak district’s Wheeler Island after the Missile Man which is a fitting tribute to former President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, who passed away recently.
The development came a day after the New Delhi Municipal authorities renamed Aurangzeb Road in New Delhi as APJ Abdul Kalam Road.
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Chief Minister hopes that it would encourage the youth to further pursue a scientific temperament.
It would be Odisha’s humble homage to the legendary scientist in return for his unstinted love towards this land, Naveen said in a statement.
It was during the tenure of then chief minister Biju Patnaik that Wheeler Island was given away to the Defence Research and Development Organisation on Kalam’s request for missile testing in 1993.
The missiles which were launched from the Wheeler Island include Akash, Agni, Astra, BrahMos, Nirbhay, Prahaar, Prithvi, Shaurya and Advanced Air Defence, and Prithvi Air Defence.
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