August,28,2015:The capital's famous Aurangzeb Road, in the heart of Lutyens' bungalow zone, is set to be renamed to APJ Abdul Kalam Road, according to a report. The report says the New Delhi Municipal Corporation, under which the road comes, has taken a decision to rename it.
Aurangzeb Road is said to be India's richest road where property prices are the highest in India.
In July, BJP Lok Sabha MP representing east Delhi Mahesh Girri had urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Aurangzeb Road in central Delhl be renamed after former President APJ Abdul Kalam who passed away recently.
He had said: "In my opinion, this will be a great way of preserving Dr Kalam's memories and legacy forever."
The road had been named after the Mughal emperor Abul Muzaffar Muhi-ud-Din Muhammad Aurangzeb, who ruled much of the subcontinent from July 31, 1658 to March 3, 1707.
Renaming Aurangzeb Road had been a long-standing demand of India's right-wing groups who say the emperor was a "cruel" ruler.
“There were requests from certain sections of the society for changing the name of the road as a tribute to the former President. The matter was placed before the council today, which unanimously gave a go ahead for the same,” NDMC vice-chairman Karan Singh Tanwar said.
“Congrats. NDMC just now decided to rename Aurangzeb Road to APJ Abdul Kalam Road,” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.
Following Kalam’s demise, there had been a demand from many sections of the society for dedicating a road after him as a token of love and tribute to the “missile man”.
- » 1931: Born Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam on October 15, in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu.
- » 1954: Graduates in Physics from Saint Joseph's College, Tiruchirappalli, in 1954.
- » 1960: Gains degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology.
- » 1969: Transferred to ISRO from the DRDO.
- » 1980: India enters the space club by putting the Rohini satellite in the near earth orbit with the first indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III), developed under the stewardship of Dr. Kalam.
- » 1980s-1990s: As the chief of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme, he was responsible for the development and operationalisation of AGNI and PRITHVI Missiles.
- » 1992-1999: works as Chief Scientific Advisor to the PM and Secretary of the DRDO.
- » 1998: India conducts the Pokhran II nuclear tests in May with Dr. Kalam as the chief project coordinator.
- » 1999-2001: Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India.
- » 2002-2007: President of India