Wheler Island renames as Abdul Kalam Island by Odisha government

Highlights:  

  • The Odisha government has renamed the Wheeler Island in Bhadrak district as Abdul Kalam Island.
  • It's a humble tribute to the People's President. 
  • The Wheeler Island will henceforth be named as Abdul Kalam Island.
  • APJ Abdul Kalam had passed away at 83 in Meghalaya last month due to suffered a massive cardiac arrest.
  • The then CM of Odisha Biju Pattnaik  allotted this historic Wheeler Island to the Ministry of Defence on the request of Dr Kalam in the year 1993.
  • The island was named after an English commandant Lieutenant Wheeler.
  • The first successful land-to-land test of the Prithvi Missile was conducted from the mainland and it landed on the then uninhabited 'Wheeler Island' on November 30, 1993.