The Union Defence Ministry has agreed to place orders with Cochin Shipyard Ltd to build defence ships in the next five years, according to Nitin Gadkari, the Union Shipping Minister. An assurance in this regard has been given by the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar himself during discussions in Goa the other day, Gadkari said. He asked CSL to make use of the opportunities arising out of the Defence order and encourage auxiliary industries for getting spare parts. ¨This is the time for the yard to augment its production, as it in turn will lead to create more employment opportunities in the state,¨ he said. Gadkari was here to deliver a specialised multi-purpose ship Indira Point to Directorate General of Light Houses and Light Ships constructed by the yard.