The normal cost through this mode is Rs 5-6 per unit, but because of the crippling coal crisis, the rate has shot up to Rs 20 a unit now.
Joshi had said that the government is making full efforts to meet the coal demand of power producers and stressed that steps are being taken to soon ramp up the dry-fuel supply.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said that talks will intensify with the coal ministry and neighbouring states to get more coal.
The countrywide coal shortage has affected power generation at the 2,400 MW-capacity National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) plant in Kudgi.
Sources said though there is sufficient supply of hydro electricity due to abundant rain, the coming months could pose a different challenge, and the government may look at thermal power.
Shortfall being met by solar, wind energy, hydropower sources
According to information, there are a total of 12 pressure tunnels in the 960 Mega Watt hydel power plant.
However, activists as well as Speaker and Radhapuram MLA, M Appavu, have raised concerns on the same.
It said that fuel supply by CIL in the April-August period of the current fiscal increased by 27.2 per cent to 205.90 MT over 161.87 MT in the year-ago period.
However, affected residents of three villages - Kharagprasad, Kurunti and Kuspangi - are yet to get compensation for their land.
The incident took place in the plant of Sky Alloys and Power Private Limited located in Temtema area, around 25 km from the district headquarters and over 240 km from the state capital Raipur.
APPDCL, a subsidiary of Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation, is also in the process of stocking more coal at thermal power units to meet the demand.
Mahanadi Coalfields exceeded the five-lakh-tonne offtake target by dispatching 5.18 lakh tonne dry fuel to the coal consumers.
Top power and coal ministry officials have met several times over the past week to fix the problem, which industry sources say is being driven by multiple factors.
In Kencian’s case, the judge noted that he was booked in several cases for his alleged involvement in protests against KKNPP in 2012 and 2013.