The Chandel District (formerly known as Tengnoupal District ) came into existence on 13-5-1974. The District lies in the south-eastern part of Manipur. It is the border district of the state. Its neighbors are Myanmar (erstwhile Burma) on the south, Ukhrul district on the east, Churachandpur district on the south and west, and Thoubal district on north. The Moreh town, the international trade "center" of the state lies on the southernmost part of the District. When the Trans-Asian Super Highway comes into existence, Chandel district will be one of the gateways to the Asian countries. It is a hill district with an area of 3,313 sq. km. As per Census 1991, the population of the district is 71,014 ( Male 37,118 & Female 33,896 ) and scattered in 419 villages , the literacy rate is 46.68% ( Male 57.39 %, Female 34.80% ). The density of population per Sq. Km. is 21. Even though considered as one of the backward districts, Chandel is not left behind when the safety of the nation comes. The names of Chara Nicholas Mayon, S. Gemithang, and NL Benaingvir Mayon, who sacrificed their lives during the Kargil War, included in the list of Martyrs of India, will always be remembered by one and all.
The District is inhabited by several communities. It is sparsely inhabited by about 20 different tribes.. They are scattered all over the District. Prominent tribes in the district are Anal, Lamkang, Kukis, Moyon, Monsang, Chothe, Thadou, Paite, and Maring etc. There are also other communities like Meiteis, and Muslims in small numbers as compared to the tribes. Non-Manipuris like the Tamils, Bengalis, Punjabis, and Biharis are also settled in this district.
At present, IT infrastructure in the district is not adequate. Only NIC Chandel D.U. and DRDA has proper infrastructures. Proper internet facilities are only available with NIC. Some other departments like SP Office and District Treasury has started computerization. NIC Chandel D.U. is the main IT promotional centre with proper infrastructure in the district. The unit has Pentium based systems and internet connection via IPA and DIRECPC.
The District Industries Centre, Chandel was established on 31st March 1978 as per pattern recommended by the Govt. of India with the concept/philosophy of decentralization of all the programmes/schemes for promotion of village & small industries, particularly tiny & cottage industries.
The District Education Office, Chandel is headed by one District Education Officer. The function of the Office are supervision & inspection of schools in the District for their proper functioning. It also carries out all the development works in relation with general education as agency of Education Department. It also co-ordinates with the schools & the other Departments in connection with various Departmental Programmes/Schemes & Projects for the welfare of the students in the District.
Imphal Airport, lies 8 km from Imphal city toward south. Imphal connects the place with Guwahati, Delhi, and Calcutta. Indian Airlines connects Imphal with Delhi via Guwahati on a daily basis.By Train
Dimapur, 215 km from Imphal, is the nearest railhead for Manipur. Take a bust or taxi from here to Chandel.By Road
Chandel district is connected by the National Highway No. 39 reaching up to Moreh. There are several buses plying from Imphal to Chandel daily. The State Highway No. 10 diverts from National Highway No. 39 at Pallel connecting the district head quarters.
Telephone service is also available in the district. The codes for calling from outside are as follows:ISD/STD: (91)-03872
It is about 20 Km. from Chandel. The highest point on the Indo-Myanmar Road, from here one can have a full view of the valley of Manipur. When a visitor passed along the road, he will find himself above the clouds but in natural surroundings.Moreh
This border town is located on the Indo-Myanmar Road, about 70 Km. from Chandel. Being a commercial town it attracts a large number of people from neighbouring places. Moreh is only 5 Km. from Tamu town, its Myanmar counterpart. Opening of the Border Trade turns Moreh into an important centre in the Northeast.