"It's a humble tribute to the People's President. The Wheeler Island will henceforth be named as Abdul Kalam Island," Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said.
"It was Biju Babu (Naveen's father) who allotted this historic Wheeler Island to the Ministry of Defence on the request of Dr Kalam in the year 1993," Patnaik recalled.
"Renaming the island as Abdul Kalam island will inspire our youngsters to work dedicatedly for the scientific research," Patnaik said.
The island was named after an English commandant Lieutenant Wheeler. The first successful land-to-land test of the Prithvi Missile was conducted from the mainland and it landed on the then uninhabited 'Wheeler Island' on November 30, 1993.