The Public Works Department execute the construction, improvement, strengthening and maintenance of roads and bridges. The responsibility of construction of certain buildings of the state government and their maintenance is also upon this department. The department undertakes the maintenance of National Highways passing through Uttar Pradesh which are not covered by the National Highways Authority for which funds are provided by the Government of India. The task of monitoring the works under different schemes and ensuring high quality of work has been assigned to 12 zonal Chief Engineers.

The state, geographically and in terms of population, is the country’s largest state. For the State's industrial, economic and social development it is essential to connect each village and its population with the main roads. Besides, the widening and high-quality repair of important National Highways, state roads and district roads is also important for transportation. The P.W.D. is executing the work of construction and improvement of link roads in rural areas, widening and improvement of other district roads, main district roads and state roads, construction of bridges in rural areas and repair of narrow and damaged bridges on main routes on a priority basis. In addition, it is also doing the work of construction of link roads in rural areas under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana and strengthening of previously-built rural and other roads.

For successful operation of various schemes by PWD, offices of Superintending Engineers in different districts and Chief Engineers in Commissionaires are established. They execute effective monitoring on the works by removing the hurdles in planning, execution, quality control etc. For this the following posts of zonal chief Engineers and incharge chief engineers have been created:

S. NoZoneZonal headquartersCommissionary under the Zone
1. Western Meerut Meerut, Saharanpur
2. Northwest Bareilly Bareilly
3. Agra Agra Agra, Aligarh
4. Central Lucknow Lucknow
5. South Central Kanpur Kanpur
6. Faizabad Faizabad Faizabad , Devipatan
7. Jhansi Jhansi Jhansi, Chitrakutdham
8. Eastern Varanasi Varanasi, Vindhyachal
9. Gorakhpur Gorakhpur Gorakhpur, Basti
10. Azamgarh Azamgarh Azamgarh
11. Moradabad Moradabad Moradabad
12. Allahabad Allahabad Allahabad
13. National Highways Lucknow All Commissionaires 
14. Externally Aided Project Lucknow All Commissionaires 
15. Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana Lucknow, Allahabad, Meerut All Commissionaires 
16. Bridges Lucknow Construction of the Bridges under UDPWD
17. Indo Nepal border Lucknow Lucknow, Bareilly,
Faizabad, Devipatan, Basti and Gorakhpur
18. Buildings Lucknow All Commissionaires 

Corporations and authorities working under the U.P. Public Works Department:

The following corporations and authorities have been established for construction of bridges, buildings and repair and maintenance of roads under PPP mode:

UP State Bridge Corporation:

The corporation was established in 1973 to accelerate the construction of bridges in the state. Under various schemes approved by the state government, this corporation undertakes construction of bridges of a span of more than 60 meters. Click here to read more

U.P. Rajkiya Nirman Nigam Ltd:

This corporation was set up in 1975 for using modern construction techniques and to accelerate building construction activity. In financial year 2015-16 the target of this corporation is Rs 4200.00 crore. Click here to read more

U.P. State Highway Authority:

This Authority was set up in 2004-05 for development of state roads with private support. Its objective is to undertake construction of roads and bridges on BOT /PPP basis. At present work is being done on 3 state highways in contract with private developers and RFP for one State Highway has been invited on 15.01.2015. In addition, consultant selection is underway for feasibility study of upgradation/maintenance of 14 key State highways / major / other district roads with public-private-partnership.Click here to read more


The Public Works Department undertakes the work of construction, repair, strengthening and maintenance of roads, buildings and bridges in the state. For managing the work of the department, the office of the Engineer-in-Chief (Development) and Head of the Department is established at the state level, under which the the following posts are established at different levels:

  1. Engineer-in-Chief :
    •  Engineer-in-Chief (Development and head of department)
    • Engineer-in-Chief(Design and Planning)
    • Engineer-in-Chief(Rural Roads)
  2. Chief Engineer (Level 1): 3 posts
  3. Chief Engineer (Level-2): Chief Engineer (National Highways), Chief Engineer Bridges/(HQ-1)/(HQ-2),Chief Engineer Indo-Nepal border ,Chief Engineer PMGSY , 12 Zonal Chief Engineers, Chief Engineer Complains, Chief Engineer (Electrical),Chief Engineer (Mechanical) and Chief Architect equivalent to Chief Engineer Level 2.

Division is the unit of the department. Generally there are 1 to 4 divisions in each district. The number of divisions depends on the nature and magnitude of work. The organizational structure of PWD is shown in appendix A, B, C, and D.

In the last three years the position of divisions and circles under the PWD is as follows:

Types of divisions & circles2012-132013-142014-15
Maintenance of the plain roads 168 33 168 32 173 35
National Highways 19 3 19 4 17 4
World Bank / electrical / mechanical / P.M.G.S.Y./ Indo-Nepal border 102 17 102 17 81 22
TOTAL :- 289 53 289 53 271 61
Types of divisions & circles2012-132013-142014-15
Survey, planning, project, bridge
Traffic, National Highways
19 05 19 05 21 04
Research, World Bank work/ technical cell, IDS Samagra, Computers, E/M, PMGSY, Court Case 02 02 02 02 21 06
TOTAL :- 21 07 21 07 42 10