PWD is one of the prestigious departments under the control of Government of West Bengal. Under PWD, the Public Works and Public Works (Roads) Department are presently charged with the planning, survey, design, construction and maintenance of Roads, Bridges and Buildings throughout the state as well as having various responsibilities for emergency and relief activities.
PWD also provides infrastructural support for both original and repair works to all the departments directly under the Government of West Bengal as well as different semi-Government/Government Undertakings etc. Besides construction of buildings/structures, Bridges, Roads including national and state highways, PWD also carry out works related to electrification, sanitary plumbing, air-conditioning, fire-fighting & detection, lifts, water supply, Generators, EPABX, Information Technology etc. Therefore, one can imagine the huge task assigned to PWD engineers.
The Department is headed by the Minister-In-Charge. The Secretary takes care of the implementation of the policy decision & administration. The Engineer-in-Chief manages the execution of engineering matters. The Public Works Department has two segments-Secretariats and Directorates.
There are three directorates in the department namely Public Works Directorate, Public Works (Roads) Directorate and Public Works Construction Board Directorate.
The Public Works Directorate has three wings namely Civil Wing, Electrical Wing and Architectural Wing.
The Public Works (Roads) Directorate is further split into six CE Offices - Roads, National Highway, Durgapur Expressway, NH World Bank, RBRI and Planning & Quality Assurance.
The department is organised in the form of Head Office, Circle office, Division Office, Sub-Division Office and Block. The Chief Engineer heads a particular wing. The Superintending Engineer heads each of the Circle Offices while the Executive Engineers and the Assistant Engineers head the division and sub-division offices respectively.
The Department has a network of more than maintain 3300 kms. of State Highway, 7300 kms. of major District & ordinary District Roads and 5400 kms of Rural Roads throughout West Bengal. In addition, the Department maintains 2000 kms. of National Highways (as in 2009-2010).
The principal aim of PWD is to augment the economical activities of the whole state, create wealth through improvement in the transportation system and alleviate poverty through construction of various bridges, roads and public buildings along with extending support for improvement of transportation services. Apart from those the Department has to undertake some extended responsibilities in social area also. With the allotted sum, this department in the changed scenario is geared up to undertake any responsibility for the development and progress of the state through construction of roads, bridges and buildings.