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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.

Existing Set Up

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, six zonal Chief Engineers Level 2 – one each at Pauri (for Pauri, Chamoli and Rudraprayag Districts), Tehri (for Uttarkashi and Dehradun Districts), Dehradun (for Dehradun and Haridwar Districts), Pithoragarh (for Pithoragarh and Champawat Districts), Almora (for Almora and Bageshwar Districts), Haldwani (for Nainital and Udhamsinghnagar Districts), two Chief Engineers Level 2 (National Highway) at Dehradun and Haldwani responsible for managing the network of National Highways in the state and one Chief Engineer Level 1 (ADB/IT) responsible for the Asian Development Bank funded Uttarakhand State Road Investment Program and Information Technology infrastructure in PWD. There are 17 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.

Specifications

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 01.04.2000

Road Length as on 31.03.2014

1 National Highway          526.00 km          1375.76 km
2 State Highway 1235.04 km 3782.24 km
3 Major District Road 1364.15 km 3289.74 km
4 Other District Road 4583.01 km 2985.27 km
5 Village Road 7446.23 km 16177.16 km
6 Light Vehicle Road  315.77 km 790.38 km
7 Bridle Roads/ Border Tracks 3970.00 km 3686.18 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.