In the Indian History both pre and post independence - CPWD has a glorious era of more than 150 year with dedicated, energetic and committed corps of Engineers and Archit
etcs. Before being re-structured to its present form in 1930 “Central Public Works Department” originated in July 1854 when the Governor General of India decided to set up a Central Agency “to exercise universal control over public works in India with best of scientific knowledge with authority & system”.
In the journey of development and service to nation, establishment of Assam Central Public Works Division on 1st March 1954 at Shillong was a major mile stone for providing services for the development of Government of India infrastructure in North Eastern Region. Over the years, CPWD in NE Region has grown in strength as
Establishment of a circle headed by Superintending Engineer in 1967 at Guwahati.
Establishment of North Eastern Zone headed by Chief Engineer in 1989 at Shillong and establishing two circles – one at Guwahati and one at Silchar in addition to one already existing then at Guwahti
The jurisdiction of NEZ includes the Seven Sister States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. The works in Sikkim are looked after by Chief Engineer (EZ-I), Kolkata.
Superintending Engineer (Planning & Administration), Shillong assists the Chief Engineer in Planning and administrative matters.
Architectural services are provided by the Senior Architect (NEZ), Shillong who is under the administrative control of Chief Architect (ER) Kolkata.
Electrical & Mechanical services are provided by the Superintending Engineer, Guwahati Central Electrical Circle, and Guwahati who is under the administrative control of Chief Engineer (ER) Kolkata.
Horticultural Services are provided by Deputy Director (H), Guwahati who is under the administrative control of the Chief Engineer, NEZ, Shillong.
There are 16 field divisions (11 Civil, 4 Electrical, 1 Horticulture). Civil and Electrical divisions are headed by an Executive Engineer spread all over the North Eastern Region and Horticulture division is headed by Deputy Director. In addition there are 8 posts of Executive Engineers in planning units.
In spite of geographical constraints and local locations, the North Eastern Zone (NEZ) has shown steady growth in terms of output since its inception.
Apart from the zonal office and its attached offices in various states of North East, CPWD has two more Circles headed by Superintending Engineers, one at Silchar and the other at Agartala under Chief Engineer, IBBR Zone, Siliguri for construction & maintenance of Indo Bangladesh Border Roads. CPWD also has one Valuation Unit headed by a Valuation Officer at Guwahati which is attached to Income Tax Department.
CPWD in Seven Sisters of India (North Eastern Sates):
CPWD has played and witness to do so tirelessly a pioneering role in the development of seven sisters i.e. North Eastern Region by constructing from simple residential buildings to today’s art structures like Airport, Institutional building or Jetty on River Brahmputra etc.