To make it appealing to tourists, a number of facilities and attractions have been included in the project. Inside the memorial, 10 lively paintings of Kalam as President and scientist have been planned. They are being given finishing touches at a fast pace presently. To add to the aesthetic appeal of the memorial, a 14-foot high gate made of teak wood has been fixed at the entrance.
More than 2,000 flowering plants in full bloom lined up outside the memorial welcome the visitors. As a mark of respect to his scientific achievements, a model of the Agni missile has been placed at the back of the memorial. A 60 feet high mast light had also been fixed and eight lamps brighten the memorial site. Similarly, sand floor of the burial spot had been replaced with a marble flooring.
The statue has been shifted to the rear side of the memorial and a portrait of Kalam has been placed close to it. As the memorial has been closed for tourists, due to ongoing works, everyone pays respect to the portrait only. As Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is expected to inaugurate the memorial on July 27, police security has been tightened.
Police personnel have been posted on duty round the clock. Work on erecting the stage for the function has already begun. Following the death of Kalam in 2015, 27,000 square feet of land was allotted for burial at Peikarumbu near Rameswaram.
On the first anniversary, a metal statue of Kalam was placed at the memorial and it was informed that a memorial and knowledge centre for the missile man would be constructed at a cost of Rs.50 crore. Following that, work on constructing the memorial commenced immediately and it is planned for inauguration on July 27.
Site will be a visual treat for tourists: Pon Radhakrishnan
The memorial of former President, APJ Abdul Kalam, would be a visual treat for tourists. It would boost tourism in Rameswaram, said Union Minister, Pon Radhakrishnan, at Peikarumbu near Rameswaram, on Saturday.
Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan paying respects to former President APJ Abdul Kalam at his burial site at Peikarumbu near Rameswaram
The minister visited the memorial along with Ramanthapuram Collector S Natarajan and inspected the ongoing works at the memorial. He also interacted with the officials and paid homage to Kalam. He informed that the construction work of the memorial is nearing completion and it will be all set for inauguration on July 27. The state government had already promised to donate land for building a knowledge centre close to memorial. He said that he would soon meet the Chief Minister regarding it. “Once the process is completed, work of constructing a knowledge centre and library would commence”.
When asked about the fishermen problem, he said that the recent legislation of Sri Lankan government which imposes heavy fine on Sri Lankan fishermen is condemnable and the Centre is working towards a permanent solution. Importance is given to deep sea fishing and a fund of Rs 1500 crore had been earmarked to buy 750 boats. In the first phase, Rs 200 crore had been given to Tamil Nadu government and the process would be completed in three years, said Pon Radhakrishnan.