After facing various hurdles, Vizag’s two much-awaited mega projects —  Society for Applied Microwave Electronic Engineering & Research (Sameer), a research and development institute and software incubation centre by STPI — are going to be a reality with their foundation laying today on February 18.

Sameer is a Research and Development Institute under the administrative control of department of electronics and information technology, ministry of communications and information technology. The project involves a budget of Rs 80 crore. However, it had been embroiled in a land dispute over land acquisition issue involving farmers. The Vizag unit will be the fourth R&D complex by Sameer while other threes are located at Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. The complex would come up on a land area of 13 acres near IIM-V and it has already been possessed. The building plans have also been approved by the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority and Sameer has already handed over work order to the central public works department. The research and development institute’s main objective is to promote the growth of science and technology in the field of RF/microwave electronics, electromagnetics, optoelectronics, millimeter wave technology and its allied areas.

At the time of foundation laying, Union Minister for Communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad  announced the sanction of National Informatics Centre and consideration of demand for establishing an IT Investment Region (ITIR) in Andhra Pradesh.

The function was held at Port Kalavani stadium in the presence of Union Minister for Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, State IT Minister Palle Raghunadha Reddy, HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao and local MPs K. Haribabu and M. Srinivasa Rao.