NaMo Inaugurates APJ Kalam's Memorial
July 27th, 2017
It has been 2 years since our most beloved political (and non-political) personality; A. P. J. Abdul Kalam had left us. He was laid to rest at Pei Karumbu in Rameswaram.
The prime minister of India, Shree Narendra Modi has inaugurated the memorial of the great scientist, philosopher and teacher.
The memorial will reflect India's diversity and various cultures. Built by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, the design and architecture of the entire structure has amounted to Rs 15 crore. The memorial will pay homage to Kalam's life, displaying replicas of rockets and missiles that the late ace scientist worked on.
A life-size seven-foot tall bronze statue of 'People's President' has been placed behind the memorial building along with a model of a 45-foot tall four tonnes weighing 'Agni-II' missile, a project with which Dr Kalam was intensely involved when heading the DRDO, has been installed at the rear. It is expected to be a massive tourist attraction.
After inaugurating the memorial, Modi has also flagged off the 'Kalam 2020 Science Vehicle'.
Tough Security Measures
Obviously, the entire hustle bustle requires intense security and therefore, around 3,000 police personnel has been stationed at the memorial for the Prime minister’s visit. While the Special Protection Group (SPG) brought the memorial at Pei Karumbu, the helipad, and the venue of the public meeting at the Mandapam under its security cover, the State police mounted a five-tier security cordon with a focus on the coast.
Additional Director General of Police (law and order) J K Tripathy reviewed the security arrangements on Wednesday as four Inspector Generals (IGs) of police, two DIGs, 12 Superintendents of Police (SPs), 21 ADSPs and 24 ASPs and DSPs took over security in their respective sectors. Thirty-five bomb disposal squads searched the area thoroughly with the sniffer dogs and 100 CCTV cameras have been in place.