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Delhi’s Aurangzeb Road renamed after Abdul Kalam

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A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (1931-2015)

Aurangzeb Road in Lutyen’s Delhi will soon be known as A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Road with the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) on Friday giving its nod in this regard.

“There were requests from certain sections of the society for changing the name of the road as a tribute to the former President. The matter was placed before the council today, which unanimously gave a go ahead for the same,” NDMC vice-chairman Karan Singh Tanwar said.

“Congrats. NDMC just now decided to rename Aurangzeb Road to APJ Abdul Kalam Road,” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.

Following Kalam’s demise, there had been a demand from many sections of the society for dedicating a road after him as a token of love and tribute to the “missile man”.

Timeline

  • » 1931: Born Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam on October 15, in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu.
  • » 1954: Graduates in Physics from Saint Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli, in 1954.
  • » 1960: Gains degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology.
  • » 1969: Transferred to ISRO from the DRDO.
  • » 1980: India enters the space club by putting the Rohini satellite in the near earth orbit with the first indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III), developed under the stewardship of Dr. Kalam.
  • » 1980s-1990s: As the chief of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme, he was responsible for the development and operationalisation of AGNI and PRITHVI Missiles.
  • » 1992-1999: works as Chief Scientific Advisor to the PM and Secretary of the DRDO.
  • » 1998: India conducts the Pokhran II nuclear tests in May with Dr. Kalam as the chief project coordinator.
  • » 1999-2001: Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India.
  • » 2002-2007: President of India

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