Laying the foundation stone of the Station here, he said, "It is a great privilege for me to be here today witnessing the first step towards Berhampore Military Station becoming a reality."

"Berhampore Military Station assumes importance as it is part of the initiative being undertaken to enhance the capability of our defence forces to safeguard national security interests," Mukherjee said, describing it as an idea close to his heart.

The President had during his tenure as Defence Minister initiated the process for the military station in Nabagram.

Mukherjee, who had represented Jangipur Lok Sabha constituency which comprises Nabigram and other neighbouring areas, said the Station will benefit people of surrounding areas with economic development and prosperity.

He complimented Defence Minister AK Antony, senior leadership of the Army and Ministry of Defence for their efforts in realising this project of national importance.

The President also appreciated Government of West Bengal and the people of the area for their generous support for the project and "in particular for providing land".

Pointing to the historical importance of the place, Mukherjee said Murshidabad was a happening place several centuries ago and was the major power centre during the 17th and 18th century during the time of Siraj-ud-Daulla.

(Agencies)

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