As per the data released by the World Health Organisation (WHO), 14 Indian cities figure in the list of world’s 20 most polluted cities in terms of particulate matter PM2.5 levels in 2016. While, in terms of PM10 levels, 13 cities from India figured among the 20 most-polluted cities of the world in 2016.The particulate matter PM2.5 includes pollutants like sulfate, nitrate and black carbon, which pose the greatest risk to human health. However, PM2.5 is more dangerous than PM10.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 19, 2018 unveiled a plaque to mark the commencement of work on the Zojila Tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Leh district. The project, worth Rs 6,809 crore, will be India’s longest and Asia’s longest and strategic bidirectional tunnel, which will provide all-weather connectivity between Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar, Kargil and Leh districts. It will be finished within five years.