Given the constraints on financial resources available with government especially at the State level there has been an increasing focus on attracting private sector participation in the development of infrastructure projects. With a view to find efficient way of sharing risk, joint financing and achieving balanced partnership between private operators and public authorities, public - private participation, the state of Karnataka has established the Infrastructure Development Department in the year 1996.
The Infrastructure Development Department (IDD) is established to play a significant role in the areas of developing air, rail and maritime connectivity for the state and in promoting increased private investment in public infrastructure through Public Private Partnership (PPP).
The Government of Karnataka (GoK) has announced the new Infrastructure Policy 2007.It has also set up a “PPP Cell” in the IDD. The PPP Cell is headed by the Principal Secretary – IDD.. iDeCK provides technical advice and support to PPP Cell. The PPP Cell engages consultants as and when necessary. The PPP Cell is the nodal agency to receive proposals in respect of Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects and place them before the SWA for consideration and approval. The PPP Cell also helps various state Departments/Agencies in different stages of project development cycle.
The IDD works for the development of selected railway projects such as Hassan-Mangalore rail line in partnership with Ministry of Railways through Railway Infrastructure Development Corporation of Karnataka (K - RIDE).
The IDD is associated with Bangalore International Airport Limited by way of equity participation and infrastructure support through KSIIDC.
The IDD is also associating itself with GAIL is putting up a Gas Pipeline project.
The IDD is putting up Airstrips in 10 Districts of the State.
The IDD is associating itself with the expansion of AAI run Airports in Mangalore, Mysore, Belgaum and Hubli.
The IDD has taken up development of Airports in Bidar, Gulbarga, Bijapur, Bellary, Shimoga and Hassan under PPP.