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Memorial for Dr APJ Abdul Kalam to be opened at INA Dilli Haat on his 1st death anniversary
The Delhi Government has decided to build a permanent memorial for Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, at a famous market place in the national capital.

Earlier, their was a plan to convert his residence in Lutyens' zone as a memorial, but it was later amended as the bunglow was allotted to Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma. AAP had severely criticized the Central Government for allotment of the banglow. APJ Sheikh Salim, Kalam's nephew had quit the Bharatiya Janata Party for this reason.

Now, the 'knowledge center' in memory of Kalam will come up at INA Delhi Haat, a popular cultural and commercial center frequented by tourists.

Delhi Tourism and Culture Minister Kapil Mishra will travel to Rameshwaram, Kalam's native place to collect his belongings, which will become a part of the memorial. The memorial, which will have the notes, books, clothes and other personal items of the former president, will be opened to the public on July 27, 2016 – Kalam's 1st death anniversary.

Kapil Mishra said, "I am going to Rameshwaram on Tuesday to collect the former president's belongings from his family members. When the Aam Aadmi Party and I had raised a voice against the central government's decision to allot his house to a minister, we had said that the memorial should be made in Delhi instead of Rameshwaram. The family supported us and was glad to hand over the things to us. The memorial will be set up at INA Dilli Haat. Till that is done, the articles will be displayed in the Delhi Vidhan Sabha," as reported by HT.

The Delhi Assembly has passed a resolution in November, last year to set up a knowledge centre in the city to honour Kalam.

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