In Phase-2, DRDO will make Kalam Memorial interactive: Dr Satheesh Reddy
Rameswaram: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) plans to take the Dr A P J Abdul Kalam National Memorial to greater heights, with the completion of Phase-II work in the next two years.
In an interview to Mathrubhumi on Thursday, Defence Minister’s Scientific Advisor Dr G Satheesh Reddy said that plans are afoot to make the memorial one of the best in India as envisaged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“DRDO’s Civil Works and Estates team did a fabulous job by completing Phase-1 work in record nine months’ time. We are proud of every member, who was part of this national mission. They toiled hard for the last many months to ensure that the plan fell into place as per the script. There were many challenges, but nothing stopped the team from beating the deadline,” Dr Reddy said.
He said in the next phase, the memorial will have a planetarium and convention centre of international standards.
“The next big task is to find land adjacent to the memorial. Once we get it, there will be many additions. The convention centre would really add more value to the memorial in line with Dr Kalam’s vision,” Dr Reddy said.
He said in Phase-2, the memorial would be made more interactive to attract youngsters.
“As per the Phase-1 plan, the team executed everything to perfection. We will now make it more interactive. We will also take feedback from the visitors. At the end of the day, we want this to be a memorial that will stay closer to the hearts of people,” he said.
Sharing some of the unique (scientific) features of the memorial, Dr Reddy said everyone would witness the ‘geometry of square,’ -- a defined shape in entire universe. He said the same concept is used at the memorial, which defines each of Dr Kalam’s life span.
“The central connecting octagon space has a bust-size figure of Dr Kalam, connecting the defined square spaces to other edge. It's an energy transmission from each of life particle to his resting space (kabr),” he said.
He said in the next phase, the memorial will have a library that would cover a wide spectrum of subjects benefitting students.
“This is one aspect a lot of thought is being given now. We want the library to be one that would help the younger generation. A team will be formed to select the kind of books that the library should have. We want the memorial to reflect upon what Dr Kalam stood for. His ideas and vision are the key,” Dr Reddy said.
In the last one year, Dr Reddy made several visits to Rameswaram to oversee the progress of the work.
“Today, when I look at the structure, I feel satisfied that the team did a commendable job. They are the unsung heroes. They toiled hard. In many cases, several of them haven’t taken leave for many months. Such was their dedication and I bow in front of them,” Dr Reddy added.
(The writer is a Content Consultant with Mathrubhumi [English] and tweets @writetake.)