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 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-locked 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

  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.

1 Commissioner & Secretary Works and Housing
2 Engineer-In-Chief Nagaland Public Works Department
3 Chief Engineer, PWD Roads & Bridges
4 Chief Engineer, PWD Housing
5 Chief Engineer, PWD Mechanical
6 Chief Engineer, PWD National Highways
7 Chief Engineer, Police Engineering Project

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