By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bangaluru: Ilkal town has about 150 Stone / Granite Cutting, Polishing units. It is pertinent to note that Government of Karnataka mines department has not renewed the leases of several quarries which were legitimately functioning in Bagalkot Dictrict and Government has not approved applications for limited period prospective licenses to the applicants for conducting projects on pilot basis. Without the supply of raw granites 150 Stone / Granite Cutting, Polishing units cannot function legitimately. Also government has increased the roayalty for granites blocks which is adversely affecting the Granite Cutting, Polishing units. Reportedly The association representing Stone / Granite making, Cutting, Polishing units is demanding from several years to reduce the royalty for domestic use and consumption and for rejected material of exports . Hungund Taluka is famous for Ilkal sarees, Ikal granite and Kudal Sangam. World famous pink granite and World famous Ilkal sarees are produced here. Recent development in Kudalasangam and the nearby Almatti dam & gardens have brought the taluka on the tourist map. Aihole of Pattadakal fame is situated in Hungund taluka. Availability of water, National highway and enterprising people are the wealth of this taluka.