ISLAMABAD- The Federal Minister for Environment Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi Thursday approved  in principle, Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA)'s plan for shifting steel furnaces from Islamabad to new zone to be indicated by CDA within six week. He was presiding over a meeting on relocation of steel furnaces located in I-9 and I-10 industrial area of the federal capital. Chairman CDA Tariq Mehmood Khan, DG Pak EPA, Asif Shuja Khan, President Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Ejaz Ahmed Abbasi and representatives of the steel industry, Planning Commission and other stakeholders also attended the meeting. Afridi, on the occasion, said that the Ministry of Environment supported industrialization and economic activities in the country, however, he said, the Ministry expected, simultaneously, the cooperation of traders and industrialists to control the pollution. He further said that the Ministry was well aware of the fact that the steel industry in the private sector was contributing 1.5 million tons steel against a demand of 2.5 million tons. The Minister quoted experience of his recent visit to China with the President of Pakistan and mentioned that the steel industry there had reduced the industrial emission to 250 ton per year from thousands tons per year in the past. Cairman CDA Tariq Mehmood appreciated the Minister for convening the meeting and stated that CDA would stand with the Ministry of Environment for any action towards controlling pollution and making Islamabad a green city.  President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), Ejaz Abbasi indicated that development of industrial zone in I-17 was in the advance stage and steel industry could be accommodated if access roads and other utility services provided in the zone.   He particularly mentioned that about 1000 people were employed in one steel unit and 36 industries were directly linked with the business. He said that the government should not close down the units abruptly.  The representatives of steel furnaces, Mian Akram said that the steel industry supported government initiatives and assured that all efforts would be made to control the pollution in the industrial area. Afridi, on the occasion, also announced green industry award for good performance in controlling of the pollution. These awards would be initiated as a regularly annual activity during 2009, the Year of Environment.   Earlier, DG Pak EPA, Asif Shuja Khan gave a presentation on a plan for shifting of steel furnaces outside the Islamabad.