ISLAMABAD - The Ministry of Environment has ensured that it will introduce more efficient technology in the steel furnaces industry aimed to make the Federal Capital pollution-free. Besides contributing 1.5 million ton steel, the steel furnace industries located in I-9 and I-10 sector is also causing massive pollution. Realising the fact, the Ministry of Environment has approved a plan in recent past for shifting the steel furnaces from Islamabad to a new zone. In this regard a second meeting was held on Monday, in which the Federal Minister for Environment Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi has directed officials of CDA and Pak-EPA to make sure the installation of pollution mitigating devices in the steel furnaces industry. The meeting was attended by the Secretary Environment, Khushnud Akhtar Lashari, Additional Secretary, Imtiaz Inayat Elahi, Chairman CDA Tariq Mehmood, DG Pak-Epa, Asif Shuja Khan, President ICCI Mian Shaukat Masood and representatives of the steel industry, Planning Commission and others stakeholders. While speaking on the occasion, the minister said that the Environment Ministry supports industrialisation and economic activity in the country and simultaneously expects the cooperation of trade and industry to control the pollution. "Option of relocation of furnaces to suitable place is under consideration in addition to that change of trade for the business community associated with steel furnaces," he informed. Chairman CDA Tariq Mehmood assured that the Authority would provide all out assistance and cooperation to Ministry of Environment in its efforts for controlling the pollution in the Federal Capital. DG Pak-Epa Asif Sujah said that the Agency would provide necessary training to labour force of steel furnaces for operation of the environmental friendly technology. According to concerned officials within the Ministry they don't want to transfer pollution from one place to another and they just want to mitigate problem of pollution. However, official sources privy to the meeting told that changing trade and shifting of steel furnaces are not the solution of problem, saying there was a dire need for adoption of more advance and more efficient equipment for eliminating pollution from all over country. They also sought a time period of almost 4 to 5 years for the relocation of their industries.