LAHORE - The illegal open and hidden chemical, cottage, factories, electric units, iron melting, plastic toys and bags making units in almost all the residential localities of the provincial capital were not only adding to the pollution but also turned into the major tax evasion profitable businesses. Many areas of the city under 'strict administration system witnessed illegal rubber grain-making units, chemical factories, shopping bag making units, small plants of electric wire making, cold storages and many others, The Nation has learnt during a survey. People complained that the illegal businesses are flourishing with the cooperation of local town administrations, police stations, environment, tax and LDA departments. From Shahdra to Thokar Niaz Baig, there are dozens of small factories which are not paying taxes, causing loss of millions of rupees to national exchequer. A resident of Shahdra told this scribe that in Begum Kot, Kot Shahab Din, Lajpat Road, people were operating rubber grain making factories and crushing units, which were not only causing noise pollution but were emitting chemicals. Similarly, a resident of Township revealed that in their locality, illegal 'factories were flourishing. He said that at the College Road there were dozens of marble crushing and cutting units situated which were causing a devastating effect on environment and spreading diseases. The surroundings of Scheme Mor, Samanabad and areas of Allama Iqbal Town were also have huge presentation of illegal factories. The residentes of Shah Jamal Town, Wapda Town were also 'enjoying the noise pollution due to such kind of factories. The residents of Shah Jamal Town, Sandah Kalan, Mughalpura were also told the same stories. Such kinds of businesses were continuing with the cooperation of local authorities who get 'monthlies, the residents claimed. No such business can continue without the cooperation of the local administrations, they added. When asked them to complain to authorities against these illegal factories, a resident of Qazi Town said that he had written order of the DCO in which he (DCO) advised to Environment Department to act against an illegal electric wire-making factory but no government official took action against the factory owner even after the several months of DCOs order. When DCO Lahore Sajjad Bhutta was contacted, he said that in some cases the administration considers the livelihood of the people but the cases of environmental pollution, and dangerous chemical factories in residential areas are taken into consideration followed by action if they come to the knowledge of the district administration. He added that the people should inform the authorities about such areas where illegal factories are working producing hazardous effects to the environment so that action may be taken against them.