Housing and Urban Development


    Ladakh has come a long way since it became a UT on 31 October 2019. The Housing & Urban Development Department (H&UDD), UT of Ladakh, is the nodal department for ensuring appropriate and planned growth of urban areas of Ladakh with adequate policies, planning, infrastructure, public utilitiesand citizen-centric municipal services.

    The Department has been instrumental in implementing various projects for provision of safe drinking water, sanitation including solid waste management, storm water drainage, sewerage, roads, street lighting, public transport, affordable housing and creation of livelihood opportunities for urban poor by accelerating economic growth.

     Background and History

    The Department is mandated to frame policies, prepare plans and implement schemes for growth of urban areas and to provide civic amenities in urban areas. The Department is also entrusted with the responsibility of strengthening the urban local bodies enabling them to discharge their functions effectively in terms of providing quality municipal services to the people. On 8th February 2019, Ladakh became a separate Revenue and Administrative Division within Jammu and Kashmir, having previously been part of the Kashmir Division. Ladakh became a Union Territory on 31st October 2019 and the Department started functioning as an integral part of the UT Administration with one Directorate and two Municipal Committees under its jurisdiction.


    To achieve a coherent, homogeneous, comprehensive and sustainable growth in UT of Ladakh by ensuring planned and inclusive development of urban areas into livable, carbon-neutral, economically vibrant and sustainable entities with provision of adequate, durable and climate-resilient public infrastructure and amenities for all sections of society.


    To achieve highest level of Ease-of-Living (EOL) and Ease-of-Doing-Business(EODB) with modern urban planning,smartinfrastructure and citizen-centric municipal services the UT of Ladakh.


    • To achieve a holistic and planned urban growth
    • To achieve sustainable and carbon neutral urban development
    • To implement climate-resilient urban infrastructure
    • To achieve greater Ease-of-Living (EOL) and Ease-of-Doing-Business (EODB) national ranking
    • To set up strong and efficient municipal governance system


    • To implement 74th Constitutional Amendment Act for delegation of power and responsibilities to the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in a phased manner.
    • Formulation of Master Plans, Perspective Plans, Strategic Plans, Land Use and Development Control Regulations to ensure sustainable urban development in notified urban areas.
    • Formulation of Acts, Bye-Laws, Notifications to make the plans and policies effective.
    • Formulation and implementation of Sectoral Policies and Master Plans for urban infrastructure, urban mobility, urban housing, urban livelihood and local economic development, environment management, climate change & disaster risk reduction, urban reforms
    • To implement various recommendations of the union ministries, administrative and financial reforms committees’ recommendations
    • To provide financial and technical support to the parastatal agencies, ULBs for implementing various centrally and UT sponsored schemes and projects.
    • To ensure and optimize convergence for infrastructure and service delivery with greater resource efficiency.
    • To facilitate institutional strengthening and capacity building of the department, parastatals and the MCs.
    • To provide training to the officials and other employees for increasing efficiency towards better service delivery and urban governance.
    • To monitor the urban-rural continuum and growth of urban and peri-urban areas in Ladakh and include them under the jurisdictions of development authorities/ULBs and plan to ensure their efficient growth.

    Organisation Chart of Housing & Urban Development Department


    Major Schemes Being Implemented by H&UDD

    • Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) 2.0-
    • Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM 2.0) Urban
    • PMAY-U
    • National Urban Livelihood Mission
    • National Urban Digital Mission
    • Special Development Package

     Major ongoing Projects

    Following is a brief account of major urban sector interventions during the last oneyear:

    • Water supply, wastewater management, sewerage and drainage:
    • Municipal solid waste management:
    • Urban roads
    • City mobility
    • Smart city
    • Winter-friendly public utilities
    • Achievements under other centrally sponsored schemes as on 21 March 2022:
    • Urban Reforms, Ease of Doing Business and Ease of Living

    S.No Name of the Officer/Officials Designation Mobile Number/Structure Email
    1 Sanjeev Khirwar, IAS Principal Secretary 9811318939
    2 AbdulMajid Tantray, KAS Deputy Secretary 9622258315
    3 Dr ZahidaBano Director 9906985758
    4 Ajaz Hussain Account Officer 9596627829
    5 Stanzin Rabgais Executive Officer, MC Leh 9797627784
    6 Shafakat Ali Khan Executive Officer, MC Kargil 9797978086
    7 Dorjey Tundup Inspector 9622959039 tundup.neryok@gmail
    8 Tsewang Gurmet Assistant Accounts Officer 9797460290
    9 Onkar Chand Junior Assistant 9018288630
    10 Abba Nasir Junior Assistant 8082893370
    11 Tahir Ahmad (is drawn against the post of Section Officer) Architect Assistant 9419765720
    12 Asgar Ali (drawn against the post of Head Assistant) Election Naib Tehsildar 7006499140
    13 Zakir Hussain (drawn against the post of Account Assistance) Draftsman 8082372808
    14 Mohd Hassan Driver 7051307086

    Financial / Physical Progress Report of schemes approved under SDP for the Financial Year 2022-23 under Capital component for Housing & Urban Development Department in Rs Crore:

    SN Name of the Scheme / Work Project Initiation Year Project Cost/Estimate Cost 2021-22 2022-23
    Approved Outlay Released Approved Outlay Released
    Major Works
    1 Streetlight in both Leh & Kargil Municipalities 2021 10.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00
    2 Construction of Slaughterhouse in Leh & Kargil 2021 50.00 10.00 10.00 10.00 10.00
    3 Cleaning of Legacy waste (Bomb guard) 2021 15.00 5.00 5.00 5.00 5.00
    4 Open spaces, parks & Signage & development of river front at Kargil and Decongestion of Kargil Town 2021 3.00 2.00 2.00 3.00 3.00
    5 Traffic, Transportation and Road network and footpaths in various wards of MC Leh & Kargil 2021 80.00 20.00 20.00 20.00 20.00
    6 New Transport Stand with offices and shops at Leh 2021 20.00 0.60 0.60 1.00 1.00
    7 Multi tier parking at Kargil 2021 20.00 0.50 0.50 3.00 3.00
    8 Sewerage Treatment Plant at Kargil 2021 200.00 1.00 1.00 5.00 5.00
    9 Development of Truck Terminal, Kargil 2021 66.00 5.00 5.00 5.00 5.00
    10 Solid Waste Management, Kargil 2021 15.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00
    11 Public Utility Infrastructure in Leh and Kargil a) Water ATM in Leh and Kargil b) Completion of Public Toilet 2021 15.00 3.00 3.00 5.00 5.00
    12 New Solar Heated Winter Friendly Bus Stops in both Leh and Kargil 2021 5.20 0.50 0.50 3.00 3.00
    13 Additional / Remaining Works under Solid Waste Management at Leh, Balance and Allied Works of SWM Plant Leh 2021 6.00 4.00 4.00 2.00 2.00
    14 Construction of Office Complex, Kargil (including furniture, fixture and automation 2021 18.00 2.00 2.00 1.00 1.00
    15 Wash facility for Sanitation workers at Leh and Kargil Town 2022 0.80 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50
    16 Construction of Office space at MC complex Dambuchan 2022 25.00 1.00 1.00 5.00 5.00
    17 Beautification of Institutional area of SkaraYokma area around Airport and main Bazar Kargil as hertitage Art city 2022 10.00 0.60 0.60 2.00 2.00
    18 Retrofitting / Upgradation of Estate Department Buildings Old JNV Campus, Skuast, Women Hostel, Vocational Training center, Farmer Hostel,PWD Hall near Garage ,Wild Life etc. Construction of AdditionalAccommodation atPWD Inspection Building at Leh 2022 10.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00
    19 Development of eco municipal park Balkhang 2022 4.00 0.60 0.60 2.00 2.00
    20 Various Developmental works for Municipal committee Leh & Kargil 2022 6.00 2.00 2.00 4.00 4.00
    21 LG / Admin Block / Sectt at Leh
    Raj Niwas
    Secretariat parking and Service Block for Secretariat.
    Residential Quarters
    Parking and Service Block for Residential Qtrs
    VIP Guest House
    Parking and Service Block for Residential Qtrs
    VIP Guest House
    VVIP Guest House
    Ceremonial / Landscaping
    2022 2443.00 0.50 0.50 15.00 15.00
    22 Underground parking of polo ground and Development of Multipurpose Area & Sports Complex 2022 500.00 2.00 2.00 1.00 1.00
    23 Sewage system in the left out area of Leh 2022 200.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00
    Total of Major Works 3722.00 73.80 73.80 105.50 105.50
    Machinery & Equipment (M&E)
    1 Purchase of Machinery & Equipment, (Automation of MC office & Signage in Urban area) 2.50 2.50 3.00 3.00
    Total (M&E) 0.00 2.50 2.50 3.00 3.00
    Motor Vehicles (MV)
    1 Purchase of Vehicle 1.00 1.00 2.50 2.50
    Total (MV) 1.00 1.00 2.50 2.50
    Grand Total SDP Capital 3722.00 77.30 77.30 111.00 111.00

    Financial / Physical Progress Report of schemes approved under State Sector for the Financial Year 2022-23 under Capital component for Housing & Urban Development Department in Rs Crore:

    SN Name of the Scheme / Work Project Initiation Year Project Cost/Estimate Cost 2021-22 2022-23
    Approved Outlay Released Approved Outlay Released
    Major Works
    1 Construction of workshops at Phyang/Taru thang 2021 25.00 1.50 1.50 0.50 0.50
    2 Construction of Shopping complex adjacent to polo ground 2021 5.00 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50
    3 Construction of Deep Drains in Various Location of Kargil Town 2021 3.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00
    4 Development of Lanes/Bi-Lanes by way of Tilling in Kargil and Leh Town. 2021 3.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00
    Grand Total 36.00 4.00 4.00 3.00 3.00
    S.No Name of the Officer Designation Phone No Email
    1 Dr Zahida Bano Director DULB 9906985758
    S.No Subject Status
    1 Disclosure of Information under Right to Information Act – 2005 Section 4(1)(b) Click Here To View

     Achievements by H&UDD

    • AMRUT 2.0– District level review and monitoring committee formed for both Leh and Kargil; a 2.5 MLD water treatment plant has been constructed in Kargil. DPR is under vetting for Integrated Sewerage Network in Kargil & Leh cities; inception report for 24×7 water supply has been submitted; Swap 4 Tranche approved under AMRIT Sarovar project for water body rejuvenation for T-Trench at GonpaGangles at Leh.
    • Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM 2.0) – Urban– including Solid Waste/Plastic Waste Management Action Plan and Strategy/Construction & Demolition Management Action Plan and Strategy; ULB level micro action plans and bye-laws; Community/ Public Toilets; Safaimitra Suraksha; Garbage Free City; Open-Defecation Free City; Legacy waste management. A 30 TPD solar enabled waste processing unit has been set up in Leh. Biomining of the legacy waste has been initiated and about 20% of 82,000 sqm area has been achieved. Mechanical street sweeping machines are being used to clean the public thoroughfares and major commercial areas in the municipal areas of the MCs.
    • PMAY U– Total beneficiaries achieved till 8th Sept 2022 are 943 for UT of Ladakh, out of which, 157 beneficiaries are of Leh and 786 beneficiaries are of Kargil.
    • PM SVANIDHI– Socio economic profiling of local vendors. Total target beneficiaries are 300 for Leh and Kargil cities combined.
    • NULM– 36 SHGs formed till 8th Sept 2022 under Social Mobilization and Institution Development (SM&ID); 427 street vendors given Certificate of Vending and IDs; 38 loans disbursed under Self Employment (SEP) Loans scheme.
    • Special Development Package-Total 18 winter-friendly water ATMs have been installed and commissioned in strategic locations in Leh and Kargil.
    • Environment Management, Carbon-neutrality, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
      • Besides, mainstreaming of climate adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk reduction is also being consciously adopted by the UT by encouraging carbon neutral technology, resilient infrastructures and integration of renewable energy in the various ongoing and proposed projects under AMRUT 2.0, SBM 2.0 and Smart Cities.
      • Besides, various projects have been identified under the proposed smart cities proposal for developing urban forests, orchards, beautification of riverfronts, banks of stormwater drainage channels with nature-based solutions.
      • Together, these would attribute to the envisioned carbon-neutral growth of Ladakh.
    • Other major achievements
      • The building bye-laws for Ladakh has been drafted and its notification is awaited post public disclosure. All suitable provisions for energy efficiency and solar passive designing have been incorporated in line with the guidelines of ECBC, GRIHA, IGBC and GEM.
      • Preparation of GIS-based master plans for Leh and Kargil are in advanced stage of preparation. Suitable measures for urban forestry, development of parks and green public spaces would be ensured in these plans and would be enforced through Development Control Zones.
      • Setting up of the Biodiversity Management Committees in the ULBs to prepare the People’s Biodiversity Registers (PBRs) through a process-oriented and consultative process. Discussions are at an advanced stage to engage GB Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment to facilitate and handhold the local bodies to prepare the first generation PBRs that would be regularly updated by the local bodies.