This development came after the New Delhi Municipal Corporation re-named Aurangzeb Road in the national capital as APJ Abdul Kalam Road.
The Wheeler Island, which is around 2 km in length and across 390 acre, is considered as the country’s most advanced missile testing site.
“Renaming it will inspire the youngsters to work for scientific research. It is a humble tribute to the People’s President,” said chief minister Naveen Patnaik, while re-naming the island.
The island assumes significance in view of its strategic location. It has been used as the launching pad for the country’s missile defence system, said Patnaik.
Remembering the former President’s association with Odisha, especially the island, Patnaik said Kalam had worked at Defence Research and Development Organisation, Balasore for long.
“Biju Baba had allotted the Wheeler Island to the ministry of defence on the request of Dr Kalam in 1993,” added Patnaik.
The missiles, which were launched from the Wheeler Island include Akash, Agni, Astra, BrahMos, Nirbhay, Prahaar, Prithvi, Shaurya and Advanced Air Defence, and Prithvi Air Defence.