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HC seeks reply on plea for postponement of Delhi Half Marathon

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The High on Tuesday sought a response from the city government, police and DPCC after receiving a letter from the Indian Medical Association (IMA) urging that the Airtel Half Marathon scheduled for November 19 be postponed due to poor air quality.

Issuing notice to the government, police, Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and organisers of the Half Marathon, a division bench of Justice Ravindra Bhat and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva asked them to file their responses before November 16, the next date of hearing.

The air quality is extremely poor and it would be unsafe to continue with the Half Marathon, the IMA said in its letter and urged to cancel or postpone the marathon to a later date when the air quality improves.

"The air quality is particularly poor in the early morning when pollution is extremely high. This is also the time when the proposed Half Marathon is scheduled to start.

The hazardous pollution levels may have disastrous health consequences even for the healthy participants," the letter read.

The letter came at a time when is facing severe level of air pollution.

IMA President Dr K. K. Aggarwal has written a letter to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and and Chief Justice of High for postponement of the Half Marathon.

The High has been hearing a suo motu case which it initiated in 2015 to control air pollution in the national capital.



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First Published: Tue, November 14 2017. 13:12 IST