Nagaland Public Works Department


The Nagaland Public Works Department was one of the major development departments which were in existence prior to the formation of Nagaland State. With the attainment of Statehood, a full-fledged department known as the Nagaland Public works Department (NPWD) headed by a Chief Engineer came into being in the year 1963. The Nagaland PWD was the single implementing agency of all Civil Works responsible for development and maintenance of infrastructures like roads, buildings, electricity and water supply. Later on, electricity and water supply components were bifurcated out as separate departments namely: Power Department and Public Health Engineering Department respectively and only Roads and Bridges and Housing components remained with the Nagaland PWD. With the increase in the developmental activities and ever increasing workload, the government vide NO.AR-13/6/88 dated 06-12-1988 & NO.WH/EST/17/88 dated 18/01/1989 bifurcated the Nagaland PWD into two separate wings namely PWD (Road & Bridges) and PWD (Housing). The Chief Engineer (Development) was re-designated as the Chief Engineer (Housing). Later on, another Wing known as the PWD (Mechanical)., headed by the Chief Engineer (Mechanical) also was created. Besides these three wings, another separate Engineering Wing called the Police Engineering Project headed by the Chief Engineer, Police Engineering Project which functions directly under the Home Department, is also in existence. In order to have over-all control over the 3 Wings PWD (Housing), PWD (Roads & Bridges), the post of Engineer-In-Chief, NPWD was created effective from 15-07-1997.



Nagaland being a land-lock state, the only means of transport is road communication. It is therefore the prime responsibility of the Government to provide road connectivity to the entire district head quarters; Sub-divisional Head quarters and even to the remotest village in the state for effective governance and economic upliftment of the people. Moreover, for effective functioning, the Government is responsible for providing accommodation to all the offices and the officials and employees working under it. It is in these two sectors-Roads and Housing that the Nagaland Public Work Department plays a direct role in the implementation of all those developmental projects in the Roads and Bridges and Housing sector on behalf of the Government of Nagaland.



The objectives and activities of the Nagaland PWD include the following

  1. Construction and maintenance of Roads and Bridges all over the state. The roads include National Highways (NH), State Highways (SH), Major District Roads (MDR), Other District Roads (ODR) and Village Roads (VR).
  2. Construction and Maintenance of buildings of different department all over the state. The buildings (both functional and Non-functional) include Office buildings, Presidential buildings, Rental Housings etc.
  3. Construction of Overhead footpath, drainage, protection works etc. in urban areas, Construction of fishery ponds/dams.

In addition to the above, the NPWD also provides technical assistance for developmental activities like the Local Area Development Schemes (LAD) being taken up by the Members of Legislative Assembly, Government of Nagaland.

At the administrative level, the department of Works & Housing is headed by the Commissioner & Secretary, Works & Housing. The Commissioner & Secretary is assisted by officers in the rank of Joint Secretaries, Deputy Secretary, Under Secretary etc.

The Commissioner & Secretary, Works & Housing deals with all administrative and establishment matters of the department.

The Engineer-In-Chief, by virtue of being the head of the Nagaland Public Works department, is responsible to the State Government for efficient administration and professional control of all public works under the department. He is also the Chief Technical Advisor to the Government in matters connected with them.

The Chief Engineers (Roads & Bridges, Housing and Mechanical) are the Technical Heads of their respective Wings. All proposals pertaining to technical matters are initiated by the respective Chief Engineers and are submitted to the Government through the Engineer-In-Chief. The Chief Engineers will prepare the annual budget estimates of all categories under their respective Wings. It will also be the duty of the Chief Engineers to administer grant, and at the same time, keep a close watch over the progress of works and expenditure against all the programs under their respective Wings.

Information Source: Government of Nagaland
Updated date: 2012-10-18