Aurangzeb Road in Lutyen's Delhi will soon be known as APJ Abdul Kalam Road with the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) giving its nod in this regard.
"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 (Friday) which unanimously gave a go ahead for the same," NDMC vice chairman Karan Singh Tanwar told PTI.
He said NDMC is the final authority and no further statutory clearance is required for the renaming. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, also a member of the NDMC, and who was present during the meeting, lauded the decision.
"Congrats. NDMC jst now decided to rename Aurangzeb Road to APJ Abdul Kalam Road," he tweeted. Following the former President's demise last month, 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".
People pay tribute to former president the late APJ Abdul Kalam as they make a floral rangoli ‘pookalam’ | Source: PTI
BJP MP Maheish Girri had also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider renaming Aurangzeb Road after Kalam to correct "wrongs" of history and had said it will be a fitting tribute to the memory of Kalam, widely regarded as the people's president.
Aurangzeb Road begins at the Taj Mansingh Hotel near India Gate and joins Safdarjung Road near the official residence of the Prime Minister.