Upper Subansiri district

Upper Subansiri (Pron:/su:bənˈsɪɹi/) is an administrative district in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India.

Upper Subansiri district
Location of Upper Subansiri district in Arunachal Pradesh
Location of Upper Subansiri district in Arunachal Pradesh
Coordinates (Daporijo): 28°18′N 94°00′E / 28.300°N 94.000°E / 28.300; 94.000Coordinates: 28°18′N 94°00′E / 28.300°N 94.000°E / 28.300; 94.000
Country India
StateArunachal Pradesh
 • District collectorDanish Ashraf , IAS
 • Total7,032 km2 (2,715 sq mi)
 • Total83,448[1]
 • Literacy64.0%[1]
 • Sex ratio982[1]
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (IST)


The district was formed when Subansiri district was bifurcated into Upper and Lower Subansiri districts in 1987.[2]


The district headquarters are located at Daporijo. Upper Subansiri district occupies an area of 7,032 square kilometres (2,715 sq mi),[3] comparatively equivalent to the United Kingdom's East Falkland.[4] The important towns are Daporijo, Dumporijo, Taliha, Nacho, Siyum, and Maro.


The 2,000-kilometre-long (1,200 mi) proposed Mago-Thingbu to Vijaynagar Arunachal Pradesh Frontier Highway along the McMahon Line,[5][6][7][8] (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.[9]


In 2006 the Indian government named Upper Subansiri one of the country's 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640).[10] It is the only district in Arunachal Pradesh currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).[10]


There are four Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly constituencies in this district: Nacho, Taliha, Daporijo, and Dumporijo. All of these are part of Arunachal West Lok Sabha constituency.[11]


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.

According to the 2011 census, Upper Subansiri district has a population of 83,448,[13] roughly equal to the nation of Andorra.[14] This gives it a ranking of 621st in India (out of a total of 640).[13] The district has a population density of 12 inhabitants per square kilometre (31/sq mi) .[13] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001–2011 was 50.34%.[13] Upper Subansiri has a sex ratio of 982 females for every 1000 males,[13] and a literacy rate of 63.96%.[13]

Members of the Tagin, and Galo are found in the district.


Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Megdong for Upper Subansiri district is located at a distance of about 10 km east from administrative headquarter Daporijo


Tourist sites in the area include:

  • Aato Topo statue at Dumporijo;
  • Menga mandir: a cave mandir with a huge Shiva Linga inside. The cave has two caves within, which goes down about 8 meters.
  • Jalang waterfall at Timba village
  • Keba Somara village where there is Yechung Gambung[clarification needed] in the Subansiri river, which is believed to be linked to a cave/large crack in the mountain, 2 km away and has an associated history.
  • Lingpi ligne at Dupit village has a huge Shiva Linga shaped stone (Lingpi coming out from earth) which has a
  • Achin Muri is a historical place associated with the massacre of Indian Army in 1954
  • Sher-e-Thappa status commemorating an engagement with the Chinese for 72 hours in 1962 Indo-China war

Also, there is trekking from Siyum to Mechuka through the snow-laden Tikuk pass in the Tikuk mountain (during November). This trade route was part of the established barter practice between Tibet and the tribes in the region during 20th C.[15]


  1. ^ a b c "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in.
  2. ^ Law, Gwillim (25 September 2011). "Districts of India". Statoids. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  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.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Island Directory Tables: Islands by Land Area". United Nations Environment Program. 18 February 1998. Retrieved 11 October 2011. East Falkland 7,040km2
  5. ^ Dipak Kumar Dash. "Top officials to meet to expedite road building along China border". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Narendra Modi government to provide funds for restoration of damaged highways". www.dnaindia.com. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Indian Government Plans Highway Along Disputed China Border". Ankit Panda. thediplomat.com. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Govt planning road along McMohan line in Arunachal Pradesh: Kiren Rijiju". Live Mint. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  9. ^ "China warns India against paving road in Arunachal". Ajay Banerjee. tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  10. ^ a b Ministry of Panchayati Raj (8 September 2009). "A Note on the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme" (PDF). National Institute of Rural Development. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  11. ^ "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.
  12. ^ Decadal Variation In Population Since 1901
  13. ^ a b c d e f "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  14. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 1 October 2011. 198 Andorra 84,825 July 2011 est.
  15. ^ "Exploring the unexplored: A case of tourism development for Upper Subansiri dist: By Nyatum Doke".

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