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UTTARAKHAND – the 27th State of India - created in November 2000 is situated in middle Himalayas at a Longitude 77.3 to 81 E and Lattitude 28.4 to 31.3 North with geographical area of about 53500 sq. Km. and population of about 85 lac. in an altitude of about 500 feet to 13000 feet.
Lok Nirman Vibhag popularly known as P.W.D. has a legacy of more than 150 years. P.W.D. is responsible for construction, maintenance and planning of roads, bridges and Govt. Buildings. In view of strategic location of Uttarakhand bordering China & Nepal, the responsibility of P.W.D. becomes of much more attentive from defence point of view. Similarly for local populace, the importance is enhanced due to Religious and Tourist importance places like Badrinath / Kedarnath/Gangotri/Yamnotri / Hemkund Sahib / Piran Kaliyar/ Mussoorie /Nainital/ Kausani/Tehri Dam and so many other important places etc.
The set up of Uttarakhand PWD is similar to that in other states with Engineer in Chief as Head of Department, one Chief Engineer Level 1(Headquarters) responsible for monitoring and managing the establishment of the department, one Chief Engineer Level 1 (Planning) responsible for planning, two zonal Chief Engineers Level 2 – one each at Pauri (for Garhwal region) and at Almora (for Kumaon region), one Chief Engineer Level 2 (National Highway) responsible for managing the network of National Highways in the state and one Chief Engineer Level 2 (ADB/IT) responsible for the Asian Development Bank funded Uttarakhand State Road Investment Program and Information Technology infrastructure in PWD. There are 14 circles headed by Superintending Engineers and 72 divisions with Executive Engineers as head of office in addition to other supporting officers / staff spread out in the entire State.
The various road works are carried out as per MORTH / MORD / IRC / I.S. Specifications and Standards. In some cases the circulars issued by Chief Engineer PWD are also followed. In specific cases Specification and or good practices adopted elsewhere in the world are also referred to be adopted.
Statewide Road Category and Length
|S.No.||Category of Road||
Road length as on
Road Length as on
|1||National Highway||526.00 km||1375.76 km|
|2||State Highway||1235.04 km||3788.20 km|
|3||Major District Road||1364.15 km||3289.74 km|
|4||Other District Road||4583.01 km||2945.04 km|
|5||Village Road||7446.23 km||14543.89 km|
|6||Light Vehicle Road||315.77 km||858.22 km|
|7||Bridle Roads/Border Tracks||3970.00 km||3729.83 km|
Having a border with china, some portion of roads in Uttarakhand is also being maintained by Border Road Organisation.
Total Number of major bridges in state is more than 1000. Various Buildings of other department are also constructed by the PWD as deposit work.