Health alarm: HC seeks AAP govt stand on half marathon

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY | CAPITAL CHOKE -

New Delhi: Tak­ing note of a let­ter writ­ten by the In­dian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (IMA) ex­press­ing con­cern over the forth­com­ing half marathon event, the high court on Tues­day sought the stand of AAP gov­ern­ment and the or­gan­is­ers of the event.

The IMA has termed the air qual­ity poor and un­safe, and urged the Delhi gov­ern­ment to post­pone the event.

A bench of Jus­tices S Ravin­dra Bhat and Sanjeev Sachdeva took up the IMA mis­sive and is­sued no­tice to Delhi go- vern­ment, po­lice, the pol­lu­tion con­trol panel DPCC along with the or­gan­is­ers .

The court gave them time till Novem­ber 16 to take a stand on the marathon which is slated to be held on Novem­ber 19.

In its let­ter IMA had re­ferred to the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing air qual­ity of the city and un­der­lined the im­pact on the run­ners. It said the marathon may trig­ger off asthma at­tack and worsen lung dis­eases.

IMA has said the or­gan­is­ers of the half marathon have a duty to take into con­sid­er­a­tion air qual­ity at the time of the event so that health of the run­ners doesn’t suf­fer from the haz­ardous lev­els of air pol­lu­tion.

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