Choephelling Tibetan Settlement

Miao, Arunachal Pradesh

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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.

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

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.

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

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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