We all have heard the great stories of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam!
But this one is our favorite. Award-winning defense journalist Suman Sharma, the first woman to do a Sukhoi & MiG-35 tweeted an exciting story on her timeline.
In a series of tweets, she shared how one of the greatest presidents of India Dr Apj Abdul Kalam got Odisha’s wheeler island. The place serves as the test facility for most of India’s missiles such as the Akash, Agni, Astra, BrahMos, Nirbhay, Prahaar, Prithvi, Shaurya Missile, Advanced Air Defence, Prithvi Air Defence, and ASAT missiles.
The island was initially named after English commandant Lieutenant Hugh Wheeler. On 4 September 2015, the island was renamed to honor the late Indian president, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. Here’s what happened when Dr Kalam was the director of DRDO.
“When Dr. Kalam was Director DRDO, he selected Wheeler Island in Odisha Coast near Chandipur for Missile Testing Center. He approached the then PM P V Narasimha Rao, and expressed his desire. PM said no problem you will be given the land. Kalam asked, Sir how much time would be required to complete the documentation from the related revenue department. PM replied that it will take about 6 months to complete all formalities. After a few weeks when Dr Kalam happened to visit DRDO Chandipur.
He called up the then Odisha CM, Shri Biju Patnaik, and expressed his desire to meet him. Bijubabu immediately conveyed in affirmation and asked when he was coming. Dr. Kalam shared his arrival details from Balasore to Bhubaneswar by train. On the designated day, Biju Babu himself went to Railway Station to receive Dr.Kalam.The CM who did not go to receive the Planning Commission Chairman, which normally other CMs do, he went personally to receive Dr.Kalam, the Great man who had ultimate respect for Intellectuals & Scientists.
Then he dropped him in the state guest house and asked him to join him for lunch. During lunch, he asked Dr. Kalam his intention of visiting. Any help he can extend to him. Dr. Kalam said that he wanted https://comerparavenceralcancer.com/2022/11/23/44bjm7o1 Wheeler Island for missile testing center. Bijubabu happily replied-it’s all yours!
Bijubabu said-you take it &start your work. when do you want? Dr.Kalam said ASAP, asking how long it would take to transfer the land to DRDO. Bijubabu,” if you have time please stay back in our guest house as state guest&take the land tomorrow. You will get all the documents tomorrow. Then Bijubabu called the revenue minister& ordered him to call all the concerned Tehsildars& revenue officers related to Wheeler for handing over to Dr. Kalam the next day, and all the officials should be present in Bhubaneswar the next day by 10AM.
And true to his words, handed over the land to Dr. Kalam the next day. Dr. Kalam had written in an article that, it’s India who missed Biju Babu a dynamic person as its Prime minister…. and the rest is History… Salute to the Great Soul.”