Public Works Department

    Ladakh: The newly created Union territory with geographical area of about 59,146 Km2 and population of about 274,289 in an altitude of about 2550m to 7742m.
    Public Works (R&B) Department: Public Works (R&B) Department is responsible for construction, maintenance, and planning of roads, bridges, and Government building. In view of strategic location of Ladakh bordering China & Pakistan, the responsibility of PW (R&B) becomes of much more attentive from defense point of view. Similarly for local populace, the importance is enhanced due to tourist importance places like Nubra Valley, Pangong Lake, Leh place, Guruduwara Pathar Sahib, Spiti Valley, Hunderman Village, Rangdum Monastery, Cave Monastery and so many other important places.
    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.
    Having a border with china, some portion of roads in Ladakh is also being maintained by Border Road Organization.

    Department’s Mission is to execute, maintain, and standardize Infrastructural requirements of the UT. To provide connectivity, safe roads, bridges and tunnels for sustainable and inclusive socio-economic growth. Facilitating the implementation of policies laws and, acts for maintaining transparency in governance.
    To create and maintain a sustainable and inclusively built network of roads within the available resources while ensuring engineering design and quality control.

    Central Road & Infrastructure Fund (CRIF):
    Central road fund scheme was introduced with the aim to develop and maintain National Highways, State roads (particularly those of economic importance and which provides inter-state connectivity), rural roads, railway under/over bridges etc. Accordingly major district roads/ bridges and other district roads are drawing upon the resources allocated under Central Road & Infrastructure Fund (CRIF) for construction/ upgradation.

    Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY)/Bharat Nirman
    PMGSY Programme was launched with the aim to provide all-weather connectivity to unconnected habitations in rural areas with population more than 250 as per 2001 Census. Ministry of Rural Development.

    S. No           Designation Name Contact No. Email Address



    Umag Narula





    Commissioner/Secretary to the Government


    Ajeet Kumar Sahoo







    Deputy Secretary



    Zakir Hussain







    Account Officer


    Dr. Bilal Hussain





    Assistant Director (Planning)


    Tsewang Norboo





    Law Officer


    Disket Angmo




    Bridge Programme:
    Bridges form an important component of road connectivity. Bridges ensure accessibility and reduce time of travel. Given the topography of UT and the nature of rivers and streams zigzagging its landscape, demand for construction of new bridges is huge.

    Cities and Towns:
    Maintenance of roads is equally important as construction of new roads. Due to the normal wear and tear, and the tough weather conditions, macadam coats of the roads deteriorate and need maintenance after a few years.
    Under Capex budget of the department, a scheme called “Cities and Towns” has been introduced where under funds are allocated for providing renewal macadam coats to the city/ town roads and major district roads of the UT.

    Road Sector:
    Under Road Sector, construction/ upgradation of roads is taken up. Funds for acquisition of land and shifting of utilities required for road widening are also provisioned under this scheme.

    For improving rural connectivity in Ladakh, NABARD is providing loan assistance under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) for construction of “rural roads” and “rural bridges” .

    Languishing Projects
    The problem of inadequate resources is compounded with the cost overrun of the projects which leads delay in project completion. There were large numbers of projects which were at different stage of development and left half way due to inadequate funding or due to other reasons.

    Non Functional Buildings (NFB)
    Maintenance/ Improvement/ upgradation of Departmental buildings and construction of new ones is done with funding under this Head. Over the years the Department has raised assets in the shape of office buildings/ residential quarters/ guest houses etc. which need regular upkeep/ upgradation.

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