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History of PWD

1

The state of Jammu & Kashmir came into existence in March 16, 1846 under treaty of Amritsar when it was purchased by Raja Gulab Singh from Britishers under this treaty for Seventy Five Lakh Rupees.

2

Public works Department first came into existence in Jammu & Kashmir State in the reign of Maharaja Partap Singh in the year 1885. the overall technical guidance and supervision was from British Engineers.

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The first road in the J&K state named "Jehlum Valley Cart road" was started in the year 1881. The 92 miles long road stretch from Baramulla to Kohala was completed in 1890.

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The first road ( 92 miles Baramulla Kohala Stretch of Jehlum Valley Cart road) was opened to wheeled traffic in Sept. 1890 by Maharaja Partap Singh.

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The first entry of wheeled vehicle in the state was on 13th Sept. 1890 when Maharaja Partap Singh was driven on Baramulla Kohala road.

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The first road to be brought to asphaltic specifications was Jammu city main road in the year 1934.

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Banihal Cart road was started in the year 1901. The road was first opened to traffic from Jammu to Srinagar on 2nd May 1921 in connection with annual Darbar move.

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Ladakh road became motorable up to Gagangir by the year 1941.

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Batote Bhaderwah road was started in 1937 and completed in 1943.

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Kathua Basholi road was started in 1937 and completed in 1940.

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Udhampur Ramnagar road was started in 1937 and completed in 1940.

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Mirpur Bhimber road via Chhapper was started in 1938 and completed in 1939.

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Patnitop - Sanasar road was started in 1938 and completed in 1939.

14

Saria to Nowshera road was started in 1936 and completed in 1937.

15

Katra Reasi road was constructed in 1934.

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Mirpur Kotli Poonch road was thrown open to traffic in 1933.

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Doda - Kishtwar road was constructed in 1941.

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In Kashmir Province, Valley road from Sadi Hazi to Drugian was constructed in 1898-99. Durgian bridge to Shalamar Garden road was constructed in 1896-97. The other important road including Tanga road from Srinagar to Gulamrg; Uri Hajipura road and Avantipur Islamabad road were constructed with a cost of Rs. 67174-00 ; Rs. 17230-00 and Rs. 53419-00 respectively.

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Public Works Department in J&K headed by Chief Engineer belonging to J&K state came into existence in the year 1945.

20

A separate department of PWD Roads and Buildings J&K state came into existence in the year 1952.

21

The Public Works (Roads & Buildings) Department was bifurcated in two Divisions of Jammu Province and Kashmir Province with two Chief Engineers in the year 1958.

 

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