Longding: The long cherished demand of over 50,000 people of the Wancho community residing in Longding sub-division was on Monday fulfilled with the
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki formally declaring it as the 17th district of the state.
Carved out of trouble-torned Tirap district, the nascent district with population of 51,022 covers an area of 1,192 sq km and touches Myanmar in its eastern border.
With its headquarters at Longding, the district comprises four principal towns and 67 villages including nine administrative circle headquarters.
The creation of the new district was approved by the state cabinet under the then Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu on August 7, 2009 while the state assembly passed the concerned bill on September 26 last year under the Jarbm Gamlin ministry.