As the country marks the first death anniversary of the “missile man” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar laid a foundation stone for building a national memorial of the “Peoples’ President” at his burial site, Pei Karumbu in Rameswaram on Wednesday.
Laying down the stone, Parrikar said the construction work will be started soon and the memorial of the former President will be built in record time.
Rameswaram is situated around 600 km from Tamil Nadu’s capital, Chennai.
Union Minister for Urban Development and Information and Broadcasting, M. Venkaiah Naidu and Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan and other ministers from the Tamil Nadu government also participated in the event.
A bronze life-size statue of Kalam was also unveiled at the venue.
Naidu said the memorial will be akin to a mosque, a temple and a church.
“It is to tell the future generation that such a great person was born in this pious land,” Naidu said.
Kalam passed away on July 27, 2015 due to cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at IIM-Shillong.