LUNGKAWLH VILLAGE PROFILE
Cluster Co-Ordinator, NRLM
E.Lungdar R.D Block
Lungkawlh, a village rich in attractive sites and Mizo historical monuments was first established in the year 187O by Fanai chief, Zaduna and his brother who shifted from Sailulak(Betlu. In 1966, when there was political unrest arising in Mizoram, the dwellers of Lungkawlh village were settled in North Vanlalphai village.when harmony began to progress, the villagers returned back to Lungkawlh in 1972.
Lungkawlh is one of the villages located in Serchhip district, Mizoram. It is around 9 kilometres far from Tiau River found in the border of India and Myanmar. It has taken its name from the very high mountain range located in the northern side of the village. Just a kilometre and a half away from this mountain range is a big magnificient rock, steep and blunt measuring around 1OO feet high. This area is called ‘Lungkawlhtlang’. It attracts many visitors but not all have the courage to experience a walk on these rocks. In the early days, lungkawlh village was mainly under the rule of Fanai chiefs and even till the present day, a majority of the villagers belong to the Fanai clan. It had been called ‘Fanai London’ in exaggeration in the earlier days. It is blessed with a pleasant climate and rich forestation and this may be the reason you can still enjoy snow falling in winter. It is above 5OOO feet above sea level. Just next to the Village is Cherhlun, a village within Lunglei District.
Lungkawlh village has a total of 18O households and a population of around 8OO. In the scholastic field there is a Primary school (estd.in 1925), middle school (estd.in 1964) run by the Government and one adhoc aided High school, the building which was newly constructed under Border Area Development Programme 2012-2013 (estd.in 1998). There is also one private school presently running lower KG classes and three Anganwadi Centres(1979). Power supply came into the village in 1989 and in this same year Post Office was established. Health Sub Centre was established in the year 2OOO. Most of the families here depend on agriculture. Ginger is largely cultivated for income generation while potato is also commonly grown by most families but mainly for consumption, only a small amount is sold.
Offices of Government Departments is not yet to be found as it is a small village but several government undertakings have taken place. The works done by the Rural Development Department for Lungkawlh village is priceless. The roads between Sermual and Selesih have been connected and also construction of YMA hall has been completed from the funds received from Border Area Development Program (BADP). BADP fund is further utilised for the construction of YMA Library.
Pic: Monitoring of YMA Hall Construction by Pic: Selesih road on going construction
BDO and Technical Assistant uinder BADP
Pachangzawl road is also presently being constructed under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). Water tanky has also been constructed which is managed in collaboration with PHE Department. It has lessen the problem of water scarcity to a great extent. A large area of land which could be utilized for cultivation has also been surrendered to Power and Electricity Department as it has been traced as Catchment Area under Maicham Hydel Project Phase I & II.
For long, there have been only two denominations in Lungkawlh village, one being Presbyterian church and the other United Penticostal Church (NEI) and recently Baptist Church of Mizoram was raised.
Besides it being blessed with unique geographical sites that attract many visitors, as mentioned earlier, in Lungkawlh village you can find a number of Mizo relics and historical monuments especially those related to one of the oldest folk tales of the Mizos called ‘Liandova and his brother’, Zahau warrior Thangliana’s cave, Lungreng and Hrangturzo, the two high mountains of mizoram,etc. All these and many more add up to the value of Lungkawlh village making it an interesting and exciting place to visit.