The Assam Public Works Roads Department was established in the year 1880 under British Rule. At the beginning it had the responsibility for public infrastructure development, construction, and maintenance of assets created, but, in the year 1956 the Embankment and Drainage (E&D) was bifurcated as an independent Department. Subsequently, the Assam PWD has been bifurcated into two viz. Public Works Roads Department and Public Works Building & NH Department vide Govt order No AR.9/2010/113 Dt. 05.05.2010 issued by the Principal Secretary to the Govt of Assam, Administrative Reforms & Training Department.The principal function of the Public Works Roads Department (PWRD) is to improve and maintain the road infrastructure.