A museum in the memory of former President APJ Abdul Kalam will come up in Delhi Haat, INA, Delhi tourism minister Kapil Mishra said Monday. Mishra will leave for Rameshwaram Tuesday to collect Kalam’s belongings and will bring them back to Delhi on April 7. “Going to Rameshwaram tmrw to bring back belongings & personal possessions of Kalam Sir. Finally Delhi will hv his Memorial. We miss you Sir,” Mishra tweeted.
The belongings of Kalam that Mishra will bring back include his clothes, spectacles, utensils and his notes. “We have identified a space large enough to build a museum in the memory of the late president in Delhi Haat. It will be opened to the public on July 27. Along with his belongings, the museum will also show an audio-visual on Dr Kalam’s life. Entry to the museum will be free,” said Mishra.
He added that the government had consulted the “best people” to design the museum. “Our main objective was to build a museum in Dr Kalam’s memory. This was not a part of enhancing tourism in Delhi. But this may automatically have a positive effect on toursim as many people would be attracted to the museum,” said the tourism minister.
The Aam Aadmi Party administration in Delhi was highly critical of the Centre for allotting Kalam’s former residence at 10, Rajaji Marg to Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma in December 2015.
Mishra had tweeted then, “Limiting Dr Kalam’s work to Rameshwaram only and shifting all his documents books and even Veena to Rameshwaram is insulting. His residence should not be vacated but should be converted into a Knowledge Centre in the loving memory of the legend. So many government residence(s) being allotted permanently in the names of various political leaders, so why hurry in vacating Kalam’s house.”
He added, “We had urged the Centre to convert Dr Kalam’s residence into a museum but the Centre paid no heed. Dr Kalam’s family also wished that there should be a museum in his memory in Delhi.”