Rameswaram town in Tamil Naidu has
been included in Atal Mission for
Rejuvenation and Urban Transformatin
(AMRUT) for providing basic urban
infrastructure. This was announced by
the Minister of Urban Development
M.Venkaiah Naidu while speaking on
the occasion of 84th birth anniversary of
former President Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam
at a programme organized at DRDO.
The Ministry has so far identified 497
cities and towns under Atal Mission
under which basic infrastructure is to be
developed in 500 cities and towns.
Rameswaram is the 498th to be
included in the Mission. With the
addition of Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu
would have 32 cities and towns under
A Committee comprising of Union
Ministers M.Venkaiah Naidu, Manohar
Parrikar, Pon Radhakrishnan and former
Chief Election Commissioner
N.Gopalaswamy will work out the
details of a Memorial for Dr.Kalam at
Rameswaram. This Committee will
consult all concerned before giving a
final shape to the Memorial.
Tamil Nadu Government assured the
Ministry of Urban Development that land
for memorial will be made available at
the place in Rameswaram where the
mortal remains of the former President
were laid to rest.
Did You Know?
In material terms, the "People's
President" owned 2,500 books, a
wrist watch, six shirts, four trousers,
three suits and a pair of shoes.
Kalam did not own any property nor
a fridge, TV, car or an air
After he demitted office, the
government allotted him a bungalow
at 10 Rajaji Marg. The two-storey
house lies desolate today but tales
of his integrity are still alive.
He was firm about not receiving any
personal gifts and ensured that all
personal gifts were duly tabulated
and sent to the government's
Kalam liked to have south Indian
food, especially 'idlis'.