Residents of Gehri Buttar village near here remembered former President APJ Abdul Kalam as a humble man after whose visit the village saw huge development.
Kalam had visited the village on December 10, 2005, while he was President, at a function organised by the Consortium Textile Mills and banks. A library has also been set up in a dharamshala (inn) in the village in the name of former President. The residents paid tributes to Kalam at the library on Tuesday with the photo of his visit to the village in hands.
Remembering the former President, Makhan Singh, husband of Sukhpal Kaur, who was sarpanch at that time, said that he was such a modest man that he had come down the stage to interact with the farmers.
"The village was lacking in development and it was only after the visit of Kalam that the village saw development. The village was sanctioned `1 crore for development works which transformed the picture of the village from the infrastructure point of view," he said.
"In a short interaction, one could judge the humble character of Kalam. With his visit, the village got transformed with the amount sanctioned for development. The streets, which used to bear an ugly look, were cemented, a community centre was constructed, village ponds were made. Residents of the whole village are mourning his demise," He said.