The Delhi High Court has issued notice to the Delhi government, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), organisers of the Delhi half marathon event and the Delhi Police on a letter by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) requesting the court to postpone the event as the air quality in the national capital is “unsafe and poor”.
Noting the urgency of the present air pollution, a bench of Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Justice Sanjeev Sanchdeva sought the reply of authorities by November 6. Earlier, the IMA had written a letter to Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal seeking directions to postpone the event, scheduled on November 19.
President of IMA, K K Aggarwal, stated in the letter that air quality was particularly poor during early morning because of extremely high level of pollution. As this was the time when the event was scheduled to commence, the hazardous levels of pollution would result in adverse health consequences even for healthy participants, he said.
However, the organisers of the event on Saturday said the call for cancellation of the event was “shortsighted.” The organisers said that despite the high pollution-level in the capital, the marathon was being supported by international athletes.
The letter was made a part of the PIL initiated by the High Court to address the issue of air pollution. Earlier, underlining the “emergency situation” the High Court had, on November 6, directed authorities concerned to bring out a joint short-term plan to curb pollution.