Choephelling Tibetan Settlement, Miao

A brief story of Miao Choephelling Tibetan Settlement, A.P.

Settlement Profile

Choephelling Tibetan Settlement, Miao. In 1962, a temporary Settlement was set up in Changlang for about 1500 refugees. Government of India perceiving the difficulties faced by the settlers, later shifted this settlement to Miao in 1975. The settlement falls under protected area and free movement of foreigners is not permitted in this settlement.


It is situated at a distance of 120 Kms from Tinsukia town and is located at Maio in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh. Total area of the settlement is 2000 acres.

Settlement Population:

Initial Population 1,133 (313 households)
Current Population 2,816 (as in 2008 - 09 annual report)

Altitude, Temparature and Rainfall

Altitude is 500 ft. above sea level. Average temperature is 20.43 Celsius. Average rainfall in the area is 3713 mm

Settlement's Livelihood

Majority of the settlers are engaged in farming. Total area under cultivation is 1371 acres. They cultivate maize, millet, barley, potatoes and chilli. Due to low per capita land holding, lack of irrigation facilities and poor technical know- how, yield are very low and do not fetch enough income. Some of the settlers also do carpet weaving in the settlement carpet center to supplement their living.

Settlement Setup

There are five villages with an average of 80 families in each villages.

Facilities available

Schools • One Creche
• One Pre-primary School (CTSA School)
• One Primary School
Health • One modern allopathic medical clinic
• One Tibetan traditional medical center
Monastery There is one monastery
Co-operative Society The settlement has a Muntipurpose Co-operative Society Registered under the Indian Societies Act of 1970. The Co-operative Society provides necessary services to the settlement people and runs the following different sections to meet the needs of the settlement.

• Tractor & Workshop sectio
• Flour Mill section
• Carpet Center &
• General Store section.

Travel Infos

Nearest Railway Station Tinsukia 120 Km from the settlement
Nearest Airport Diprugarh Airport 135 Km.

Problems & Needs:

The main problems are shortage of drinking water, need for housing renovation, poor sanitation, poor agricultural practices and lack of irrigation facilities. Alternative and sustainable source of income and employment within the settlement is also necessary.

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