The APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today on the second death anniversary of the iconic scientist, has been built in the hometown of the former president where the mortal remains of the “Missile Man” are buried. The construction has been done in a 2.11 acre land with an investment of Rs 120 crore. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has taken the initiative to construct the memorial as a tribute to India’s Missile Man. After inaugurating the memorial, PM Modi said, “Dr Kalam inspired the youth. I can see that today’s youth want to become job creators. It is this sacred land that gave India one of its most famous sons Dr APJ Abdul Kalam,” he added. The prime minister also asked the gathering to give a standing ovation to all those workers who worked with immense dedication in building APJ Abdul Kalam memorial, ANI reported. Here are the top 10 things you need to know about Dr Kalam Memorial:
1. The memorial is built on a 2.11 acre land, where the mortal remains of the “Missile Man” are buried.
2. The memorial will exhibit the diversity of India and its cultures. To pay homage to the life of Dr Kalam it will also display replicas of rockets and missiles that were made by him and his support, as per India Today.
3. The DRDO has taken the initiative to construct the memorial and the cost of construction is Rs 120 crore.
4. The memorial will also house a library, planetarium and auditorium, as per PTI.
5. The first phase of the memorial was inaugurated today and its second phase will be completed in another 18 months, as per PTI.
6. The memorial also has a garden of Kalam’s taste. Sanjay Sinha, RIC private limited, the organisation that worked to raise the garden said,”We were informed only 25 days back that we have to decorate the area with plants. As we have worked with Kalam ji, we know his tastes. We have got plants from Bangalore, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and we have handpicked flowers keeping in mind Kalam ji’s taste,” India Today reported.
7. The building’s main dome is a replica of the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the entrance of the memorial depicts the India Gate.
8. The memorial also houses a statue of Kalam playing a veena, a musical instrument, which was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
9. The memorial was constructed within a record period of nine months.
10. The memorial of the missile man will now welcome the visitors from different parts of India to the pilgrimage site — Rameswaram.