Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday renamed Wheeler Island after India’s recently-deceased former president APJ Abdul Kalam.
“The chief minister has named Wheeler Island after the Missile Man,” said a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office.
Patnaik hopes the move will encourage the youth to further pursue a scientific temperament. It will be Odisha’s humble homage to the legendary scientist in return for his unstinted love towards this land, he said in the statement.
Wheeler Island, located off the coast of Odisha, is used as a missile-testing facility by the union government. The maiden successful test fire of the land-to-land Prithvi Missile was conducted from the mainland and it landed on the then uninhabited Wheeler Island on November 30, 1993.
The island was previously named after an English commandant Lieutenant Wheeler.