Karnataka government is mulling privatising rural roads taking a leaf out of the Gujarat model. Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister Shobha Karandlaje said a detailed project report would be prepared shortly. Thereafter, a meeting of bankers would be convened followed by one of companies and investors keen on getting involved in the project. Total length of village roads in Karnataka is 1.5 lakh kms but the Government intends to privatise some 67,000 kms of main roads in rural areas mainly linking villages with each other. Karandlaje said many of the rural roads constructed by government agencies are in poor condition. The idea is to pool in the same amount of funds generally used by her department and Public Works Department and get the work done by the private sector.  Read more at http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200901080931.htm