July 26, 2017
Chennai: Temple town of Rameshwaram is all decked up to receive Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he comes to inaugurate former president late APJ Abdul Kalam memorial in his birth place on Thursday morning.
Heavy security blanket has enveloped the temple town as the head of the government, chief minister E Palanisami, vice presidential candidate M Vankaiah naidu and others are expected to arrive early Thursday morning to witness the inaugural of Kalam’s memorial on July 27, the day he breathed his last two years ago. He had died of cardiac arrest while participating in a function in Shillong in the North East. Kalam was laid to rest at PeiKarumbu in Rameswaram.
It is here that his memorial has been built at a cost of nearly Rs 15 crore. The Prime Minister will also flag off ‘Kalam Science Vehicle’ that showcases Kalam’s scientific achievements – from his school days upto his days as the Rocket Man in the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
From Rameshwaram, the science vehicle will travel to several states, including Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh. The vehicle will reach Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on October 15, his birth anniversary.
On Wednesday, Rameshwaram and road leading to it was all decked up to receive the dignitaries. Huge posters, buntings and BJP party flags greeted the motorists from either sides of the roads. The posters displayed the closeness the BJP and AIADMK (Amma) faction with AIADMK leaders giving the pride of place to Mr Modi’s picture in its posters.
The PM is also slated to open the Rameshwaram – Dhanukhkodi road.