Delhi government approved a proposal for setting up a memorial on former President APJ Abdul Kalam’s life and belongings at Dilli Haat in South Delhi.
The Delhi Cabinet gave a nod to the proposal and handed over the responsibility to the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) for setting it up. Besides that, the Department of Art and Culture will be the nodal department for the project. And the Finance Department will be a part of arranging the funds for the memorial. The Finance Department is expected to provide Rs. 6.5 crore to the Department of Art and Culture.
According to an official, “It has also been decided that a committee of researchers, architects of DTTDC and an ex-curator of the national museum will be formed for preparing a DPR. A sum of Rs 5.29 crore has been sanctioned for the purpose.”
The central government had sent Dr. Kalam’s belongings from his last official residence at 10, Rajaji Marg to his native home in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu after his death in July last year. The bungalow was later allocated to Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, the decision was largely criticized by Aam Aadmi Party. A letter was written by the elder brother of Dr Kalam requesting him to set up a ‘Kalam National Centre for Knowledge Discovery’ in New Delhi. Deliberating upon the request, Delhi government finalized Dilli Haat as the perfect place to do the honours.
Earlier in April, Delhi Culture Minister Kapil Mishra had gone to the birth place of former President Abdul Kalam in Rameswaram and had got with him all his belongings. They are now kept in the Delhi Assembly Complex. Delhi government is also planning to put all his belonging on display as a part of the permanent memorial. The books that belonged to Dr. Kalam and his musical instruments will be displayed. There will also be a permanent exhibition on Dr. Kalam.