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Civil Engineering Section


The Civil Engineering Section is headed by Mr Telkraj Parbhunath, Director (Civil Engineering) and is shouldered by a team of Civil Engineers, Technical Officers, Draughtsmen, Laboratory Technicians and the Inspectorate cadre.

The Civil Engineering Section is divided into:

Maintenance Section                                         Planning & Minor Works Section

Design Section                                                 Repair and Rehabilitation Unit

Landslide Unit                                                  Materials Testing Laboratory

Main Functions of the Civil Engineering Section


The Civil Engineering Section of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport is responsible for:


the structural design of  Government building and Civil Engineering projects;
the maintenance of Government buildings;
ensuring the structural soundness of Government buildings and Civil Engineering structures for the safety of the public and staff;
the assessment of structures in cases of distress, fire, accident or failure and the preparation of technical assessment reports;
the repairs and rehabilitation of Government buildings through the use of proper techniques and materials;
the monitoring of landslides;
the carrying out of all necessary soil tests and investigations for safely designing foundations to building structures;
representing the Ministry in Arbitration and other Court cases on engineering matters;
the provision of an advisory service to other Government Bodies on building construction and civil engineering matters, legislation for building control, land development, preparation of standards of materials of construction;
the implementation of the cyclone scheme before and after cyclones; and
assistance in the organisation of state visits, General, Municipal and Village Council Elections, National festivals and National Day Celebrations.


Contact Information









 The Civil Engineering Section may be contacted on the following:

(00-230) 601 1600

          (00-230) 686 4506

Postal address

        Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport,
        Civil Engineering Section, Phoenix, Mauritius


 Planning & Minor Works Section

The Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport provides Civil & Structural Engineers as part of a team comprising also of Architects and Quantity Surveyors for the design and supervision of capital projects, along with supporting staff like Draughtsmen and Technical Officers.

The Civil Engineering Section comprises four Planning and Minor Works sections, each responsible for the implementation of capital projects for a group of Ministries, and headed by a Chief Engineer assisted by a Principal Engineer and Engineers/Senior Engineers.


The Planning & Minor Works Section is also responsible for the management, monitoring and supervision of projects for the repairs/rehabilitation/renovation/upgrading of existing Government buildings which are entrusted to private contractors on a district wise basis under a Framework Agreement.


Maintenance Section

This section is essentially for the preservation of building assets owned by Government. It carries out the routine maintenance of all Government buildings through its direct labour force under supervision of the Inspectorate staff.

The Maintenance Section is also responsible for the implementation
of the cyclone scheme before and after cyclones and for providing necessary assistance in the organisation of state visits, Elections, National festivals and National Day Celebrations.


Repair & Rehabilitation Unit


This Unit has been set up to cater for major structural repairs/rehabilitation works to existing Government buildings having suffered structural damages and showing signs of distress with a potential safety threat to users of the buildings.


The Unit is involved in the survey and structural assessment of the buildings followed by the preparation of scope of works for remedial structural works to be executed. The structural survey of concrete buildings requires that tests be carried out not only at locations where the areas of deterioration are visible but also other unseen locations where corrosion is taking place or is likely to take place in future. For identification of such areas and detection of cause of corrosion, some non-destructive tests need to be conducted on the structural elements. Some essential tests are mentioned below:



Rebound Hammer and Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity Test


Core Tests for Compressive Strength


Carbonation Test


Total Chloride Content


Sulphate Tests


Cover Determination


Half-Cell Potential Mapping


Resistivity of Cover Concrete


These tests give an indication about the quality of concrete, strength of concrete, existence of conditions conducive for corrosion of rebars and indication of presence of active corrosion of rebars, especially where no distresses are visible on the surface.


Design Section


This Section is essentially for the structural design of projects which includes reinforced concrete buildings, steel and timber structures, site and infrastructural works, covered passages, football grounds, etc.


The Section includes Structural/Civil Engineers who undertake the structural design of capital projects along with supporting staff like Draughtsmen. 


Landslide Monitoring Unit



This Unit is responsible for carrying out investigations and proposing remedial mitigating measures for specific areas susceptible to be prone to landslides. It is also responsible for the implementation of projects in these landslide areas.  The following main tasks are undertaken by the Landslide Management Unit:


  • Prioritizing of landslide prone areas for countermeasures
  • Preparation of the annual landslide management plan
  • Implementation of countermeasures works for target landslide
  • Management at Monitoring/Implementation stages
  • Management under Emergency/Early Warning stages


Materials Testing Laboratory

The Laboratory performs different type of tests on materials used for building and road construction projects. Materials that are being tested include soil, aggregate, bitumen, asphaltic concrete, cement, concrete, and steel bars.

At present, all the tests that can be performed by the Laboratory are listed below:



Test on Soil


  • Moisture Content
  • Specific Gravity
  • Atterberg Limits
  • Linear Shrinkage
  • Sieve Analysis
  • Sedimentation
  • Shear Box Test (Quick UU)
  • Consolidation Test with measurement of CV
  • Permeability in Consolidation Cell
  • Proctor Test (Standard)
  • Proctor (Modified)
  • Proctor (Using Kango Hammer)
  • CBR at required MD & OMC (1 Mould)
  • CBR 3 Moulds
  • Organic Content (Sodium Hydroxide)
  • Organic Content on soil (Loss on Ignition Method)



Test on Aggregates


  • Sieve Analysis on Fine Aggregate
  • Sieve Analysis on Coarse Aggregate
  • Bulk Density of Aggregate
  • Specific Gravity & Absorption
  • Flakiness Index/ Elongation Index
  • Aggregate Crushing Value
  • Los Angeles Abrasion Value
  • Aggregate Inpact Value
  • Sand Equivalent
  • Silt & Clay Content
  • Soundness using Sodium/ Magnesium Sulphate
  • Salt Content (Water Soluble)



Tests on Metal


  • Tensile Testing



Tests on Mortar and Concrete

  • Compressive Strength of Mortar Cube
  • Crushing Strength on Cubes & Cylinders
  • Crushing Strength on Paving Blocks
  • Crushing Strength on Hollow Blocks
  • Tensile Test on concrete (Brazilian Test)
  • Slump Test
  • Concrete Mix Design
  • Core Testing
  • Chloride Content on hardened concrete
  • Carbonation Test on concrete
  • Measurement of reinforcement cover in concrete



Tests on Bituminous Materials

  • Specific Gravity of Bitumen
  • Viscosity of Bitumen Emulsion
  • Softening Point (Ring & Ball)
  • Penetration Test
  • Water Content of Bitumen Emulsion
  • Specific Gravity of Pre-Mixed Asphalt
  • Relative Density (Hydrostatic)
  • Bitumen Extraction only
  • Bitumen Extraction & Grading
  • Marshall Stability Test
  • Asphaltic Concrete Mix Design (not including testing)



Tests on Cement

  • Density of Cement
  • Bulk Density of Cement
  • Consistency
  • Soundness
  • Setting Time
  • Preparation of Motar Cube
  • Fineness



Field Tests


  • Field Density
  • Plate Bearing Test
  • Deflection Test
  • Core Taking (on both Concrete & Asphalt)
  • Dynamic Cone Penetration Test
  • Percolation Test on Soil


These tests are usually performed at the request of Contractors, Consultants and the public at large against the payment of a test fee which varies from test to test.

Civil Engineering Section Contact List


Mr T. Parbhunath
696 8608
Mr R. Ramdhan
Deputy Director
686 6367
Mr D. Jhuboo
Lead Engineer
686 3009
Mr D. Chinasamy
Lead Engineer
686 6370
Mr M.A.B. Furzun
Lead Engineer
686 6371
Mr M. N. Earally
Lead Engineer
686 6374
Mr M. Balloo 
Lead Engineer
686 6365
Mr S. A. S. Pheerunggee
Lead Engineer
698 1421
Mr N. K.Ujoodha
Lead Engineer
698 8376
Mr A. C. Nuckchady
Principal Materials Testing Officer
586 3029