Bhubaneswar, Sep 4 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday renamed Bhadrak district’s Wheeler Island after former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who passed away recently.
“The chief minister has named Wheeler Island after the Missile Man,” said a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office.
There was a growing demand across sections of society to rename the island after the former president, who described the island as his ‘Theatre of Action’.
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.