PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate APJ Abdul Kalam's memorial

Jul 18, 2017 15:25 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be inaugurating a memorial for former Indian President A P J Abdul Kalam at his birthplace, Peikarumbu near Rameswaram on 27 July 2017.

The same was announced by Union Minister of State for Road Transport Highways and Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan in Madurai. The minister stated that the Prime Minister will come to Tamil Nadu next week to open the memorial.

 PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate APJ Abdul Kalam's memorial

The BJP state president Tamilisai Soundararajan also confirmed Modi’s visit to Rameswaram. She said that the party's state unit is making all arrangements for the Prime Minister’s visit.

Key Details

• The national memorial is being set up by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in 2.11 acres.

• The total cost of the project is expected to be about Rs 20 Cr.

• The memorial would be inaugurated on the occasion of Dr A P J Abdul Kalam’s second death anniversary.

• A seven-foot tall, life-size bronze statue of Kalam was unveiled at Peikarumbu on the occasion of his first death anniversary in 2016.

• The then Union Ministers, Venkaiah Naidu and Manohar Parikkar had inaugurated the statue and then laid down the foundation for the national memorial.

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A. P. J Abdul Kalam was the 11th President of India. He was elected in 2002 with the support of both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the then-opposition Indian National Congress. Widely referred to as the 'People's President', he served for a single term from 2002 to 2007.

Recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, Kalam passed away at the age of 83 on 27 July 2015 after suffering a massive cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management-Shillong in Meghalaya.

The national memorial would serve as a holy place, where people would be able to pay respect to the great scientist.

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