A bill providing for treating power theft as a cognizable offence was taken up in the Lok Sabha on Friday.
Introducing the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said the bill provides for supply of electricity to all rural households in five years.
The Opposition supported the bill, which was originally introduced in December 2005 and sent to the Parliamentary Standing Committee, which had recommended several amendments.
Shinde said the stringent provisions made by the West Bengal government to check power thefts were taken into consideration during its preparation.
Initiating the debate on the Bill, BJP's Kiran Rijiju supported the measure but said more consultations with the states and other stakeholders were necessary.
Earlier, during the question hour, Shinde told the House that work on Anil Ambani Group's mega Dadri power project in Uttar Pradesh is unlikely to start till gas for the project is tied up.
The projects depending on gas, Shinde said, should immediately switch over to naphtha to meet the shortage of electricity in the country.
Anil Ambani Group plans to set up over 5,000 MW gas-based power plant in Dadri near Delhi for which feed stock is to be sourced from Reliance Industries' Krishna Godavri Gas Field in the Bay of Bengal.
"There are still some difficulties in getting gas... until gas is made available work on the plant cannot start," Shinde said.