Shi Yomi district

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Shi Yomi district
StateArunachal Pradesh
EstablishedDecember 9, 2018
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationAR

Shi Yomi district is one of the 23 districts of Arunachal Pradesh state in northeastern India.[1][2]

Shi-Yomi district was created by bifurcating the West Siang district in December 9, 2018 at its headquarters at Tato in presence of Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu along with Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein and BJP state president Tapir Gao.


After Mechuka the McMahon line separates Indian territory and Chinese territory.[3]


Shi Yomi district is home to the people of the Memba and Adi people. Other local peoples include Tagin tribes. Religions practiced in the valley include Tibetan Buddhism, Donyi-Poloism, and Christianity. The languages spoken in Mechuka are Tshangla, Adi, Tagin, Hindi, and English.[4].


The district was divided four administrative units namely Mechuka, Tato, Pidi and Manigong. Mechuka is part of Arunachal East Lok Sabha constituency.[5][6]


Prior to the Arunachal Pradesh Frontier Highway construction of the modern road, the only access was via an airstrip, used by the Indian Air Force to supply goods to local people.

The Indian Air Force maintains an airstrip, known as the Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) in Mechuka. The airstrip is used frequently to bring in vital supplies from cities in Assam via Antonov-32 aircraft and helicopters. The runway was renovated, strengthened, upgraded to a concrete runway and extended to 4,700 feet in 2017 by the government.[7] The area has a significant military presence, which also creates some employment opportunities for civilians.

There is a twice a week helicopter service under the UDAN scheme.[7] Government of Arunachal Pradesh has invited bids from the private airlines to operate a 9-searter fixed-wing air service which will not be under the UDAN scheme.[7]


Shi Yomi district's Mechuka is gradually becoming a popular tourist destination in Arunachal Pradesh due to its scenic beauty, exotic tribes, gentle hills and snow-capped mountains and Siom River. The Siom River, which flows through Mechukha also provides a scenic view in the valley. The major tourist attraction here is a 400-year-old Samten Yongcha monastery of Mahayana Buddhist sect is a contemporary of the much-revered Tawang Monastery, which is located at a hilltop in the westernmost part of Mechukha. [8]

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  1. ^ "Arunachal Assembly Passes Bill For Creation Of 3 New Districts". Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Arunachal Pradesh gets 25th district called Shi Yomi". Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  3. ^ "The last village in our arunachal". Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  4. ^ Bodt, Timotheus Adrianus (16 December 2017). "Menchukha valley - Overview". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ "Assembly Constituencies allocation w.r.t District and Parliamentary Constituencies". Chief Electoral Officer, Arunachal Pradesh website. Retrieved 21 March 2011.
  6. ^ "Mechuka MLA". Archived from the original on 19 August 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  7. ^ a b c Arunachal Pradesh plans fixed-wing flight service to Mechuka, closest to China border, The Hindu, 15 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Mechuka Valley to be next tourist hotspot in northeast". The Times of India. 20 April 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2013.