The Delhi High Court on Thursday gave its nod to the Airtel Half Marathon to be held in the national capital as planned. This move from the high court comes after the organisers submitted that they have put in a refund policy for those runners who want to opt out and there are measures in place to deal with medical emergencies, reports news agency ANI.
The Delhi High Court had earlier issued notice to the Delhi government, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), organisers of the half marathon event and the Delhi Police on a letter by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) requesting the court to postpone the event, scheduled for November 19, 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.
Procam International, who are conducting the race, had, however, said they are concerned about the current pollution level in the city, but believe the situation would stabilise before race day. In all, as per the organisers, 35,000 runners will be participating in the race.