New Delhi: Contradicting Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's views, Lt Governor Tejendra Khanna on Thursday said increasing number of vehicles in the capital may have caused drop in air quality and could have resulted in a haze cover engulfing the city in the past few days.

Vehicular emission has resulted in increasing level of pollution in the city which contributed to drop in air quality, Khanna said.

"Pollution is increasing because of increasing number of vehicles. The drop in pollution level due to introduction of CNG in Delhi has been negated by increasing auto pollution," Khanna said.

Expressing concern over deteriorating air quality in Delhi, Khanna asked motorists to go for voluntary checking of their vehicles and ensure minimum emission.

Khanna also said that burning of leaves and garbage must be stopped in the city. Dikshit had on Wednesday said that the smog cover was a result of massive burning of straw by farmers in neighbouring Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana and not due to vehicular pollution.

"The haze has not been formed because of vehicular pollution in Delhi. Experts have found out that burning of paddy straw in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana has resulted it (haze) as the smoke has found its way to Delhi," she had said after a Cabinet meeting.

Blaming the neighbouring states for the haze cover, she had said Delhi government will soon write to the Environment Ministry to impress upon the states not to allow their farmers to resort to mass-burning of their paddy stubbles.

The Chief Minister had said there was no increase in pollution load from sources of air emission in Delhi as compared to the previous years.

(Agencies)

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