Changlang district

This article is about the district. For its eponymous headquarters, see Changlang.
Changlang district
District of Arunachal Pradesh

Location of Changlang district in Arunachal Pradesh
Country India
State Arunachal Pradesh
Headquarters Changlang
  Total 4,662 km2 (1,800 sq mi)
Population (2011)
  Total 147,951[1] (2,011)
  Literacy 61.9%[1]
  Sex ratio 914[1]
Website Official website
Tutsa Dancers from Changlang District

Changlang district (Pron:/tʃæŋˈlæŋ/) is located in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, located south of Lohit district and north of Tirap district. As of 2011 it is the second most populous district of Arunachal Pradesh (out of 16), after Papum Pare.[1]



The district was created on 14 November 1987, when it was split from Tirap district.[2]


Changlang district occupies an area of 4,662 square kilometres (1,800 sq mi),[3] comparatively equivalent to Indonesia's Lombok Island.[4]

It falls in a region that receives high rainfall. The region is rich in wildlife with different kind of flora and fauna. The district has both plains and highlands. Most of the plains are in the valley of Dihing. The area is prone to occasional floods.

National protected area


The Dihing is the main source of fishes for the local people.The fresh water fishes are very much in demand they hardly reach major towns nearby like Tinsukia, Doomdooma, Digboi and Dibrugarh.

Administrative divisions

There are 5 Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly constituencies located in this district: Bordumsa, Miao, Nampong, Changlang South and Changlang North. All of these are part of Arunachal East Lok Sabha constituency.[5]

The Changlang district has four Sub-Divisions namely Changlang, Miao, Jairampur and Bordumsa.

Changlang Sub-Divisions (Chanlang Block) covers four circles, namely Changlang (14,718 people), Khimiyang (3,506 people), Namtok (3,085 people) and Yatdam.

Miao Sub-Division (Khagam-Miao Block) covers three circles namely Miao (20,266 people), Kharsang (9,509 people) and Vijoynagar (3,988 people).

Jairampur Sub-Division (Nampong-Manmao Block) covers four Circles, namely Nampong (4,424 people), Manmao (3,814 people), Jairampur (7,836 people) and Rima-putak.

And Bordumsa Sub-Division ( Bordumsa-Diyun Block) has got only two circles Bordumsa (25,369 people) and Diyun (28,907 people).

Total, there are thirteen Circles, four Blocks and four Subdivisions in Changlang district.

There are two municipalities Changlang (6,469 people) and Jairampur (5,919 people) The administrative setup is based on single line administration which aims to keep close co-operation amongst various developmental departments with the district administration and thus, to work together for the speedy development of the area. The district has four Sub-Divisions and a total of 12 circles as shown in Table 2.1 below. The Deputy Commissioner being the overall in-charge of the district administration maintains law and order with the help of administrative officers and police forces. Moreover, the villagers have their own customary administrative systems in the form of traditional village councils consisting of the Gaon Buras and members.


There is no good road transport in the region. The people are commuting on the roads that Oil India Limited build some decades back.

The 2,000-kilometre-long (1,200 mi) proposed Mago-Thingbu to Vijaynagar Arunachal Pradesh Frontier Highway along the McMahon Line,[6][7][8][9] (will intersect with the proposed East-West Industrial Corridor Highway) and will pass through this district, alignment map of which can be seen here and here.[10]


According to the 2011 census Changlang district has a population of 147,951,[11] roughly equal to the nation of Saint Lucia.[12]

This gives it a ranking of 598th in India (out of a total of 640 districts). The district has a population density of 32 inhabitants per square kilometre (83/sq mi). Its population growth rate over the decade 2001–2011 was 17.96%. Changlang has a sex ratio of 914 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 61.9%.[11]

Changlang is populated by tribal groups, namely Tutsa, Tangsa, Nocte, Chakma, Singpho and the Lisu. Sizeable communities of the Tibetans,[13] Hajong and Bodo.

The Tibetan people are clustered at Choephelling Tibetan settlement in Miao, which was set up in 1976 hosts a population of 2200.[14]


Languages spoken are of endangered Sino-Tibetan tongue with 30 000 speakers, spoken in the northeastern part of the district.[15]


Places to visit are World War II cemetery in Jairampur, Indo-Myanmar border town Nampong and Pangsau Pass. Another place of interest is Bordumsa where the rich culture of the Tais and Singpho exist.

Flora and fauna

The Namdapha Tiger reserve is located in Miao town of this district.

Health services

Although the region is one of the most populous in Arunachal Pradesh, there are hardly any hospitals. It is a great challenge to travel to good hospitals in Assam.

Chakma and Hajong refugees

The Chakma and Hajong refugees in Arunachal Pradesh came from East Pakistan in 1964 to 1969. During that period the refugees 2,902 families (14,888 persons), took refuge in the North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA). The present population of Chakma and Hajong in Arunachal Pradesh is 54,203 people (9,341 families). In Changlang district it is 47,703 people.[16] The only political developmental step that is taken by the Government of India is inclusion of 1497 population in the voter list in 2004 by the Election Commission of India.[17]


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  2. Law, Gwillim (25 September 2011). "Districts of India". Statoids. Retrieved 2011-10-11.
  3. Srivastava, Dayawanti et al. (ed.) (2010). "States and Union Territories: Arunachal Pradesh: Government". India 2010: A Reference Annual (54th ed.). New Delhi, India: Additional Director General, Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (India), Government of India. p. 1113. ISBN 978-81-230-1617-7.
  4. "Island Directory Tables: Islands by Land Area". United Nations Environment Program. 18 February 1998. Retrieved 2011-10-11. Lombok 4,625 km2
  5. "Assembly Constituencies allocation w.r.t District and Parliamentary Constituencies". Chief Electoral Officer, Arunachal Pradesh website. Archived from the original on 13 August 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2011.
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  7. "Narendra Modi government to provide funds for restoration of damaged highways". Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  8. "Indian Government Plans Highway Along Disputed China Border". Ankit Panda. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  9. "Govt planning road along McMohan line in Arunachal Pradesh: Kiren Rijiju". Live Mint. Retrieved 2014-10-26.
  10. "China warns India against paving road in Arunachal". Ajay Banerjee. Retrieved 2014-10-26.
  11. 1 2 "District Census 2011". 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
  12. US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 2011-10-01. Saint Lucia 161,557 July 2011 est.
  13. Tibetans in Miao Elect Settlement Officer. (24 October 2003).
  14. Choepheling Tibetan Settlement, Miao, Arunachal Pradesh, India Archived 4 November 2005 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. M. Paul Lewis, ed. (2009). "Galo: A language of India". Ethnologue: Languages of the World (16th ed.). Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Retrieved 2011-09-28.
  16. Summary: Chakma and Hajong Population Survey report (CCRCHAP, New Delhi, September, 2012) 10 & 3
  17. Deepak K Singh, Stateless in South Asia: The Chakmas between Bangladesh and India (SAGE Publication India Pvt. Ltd 2010) 15-16
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