"We are the first ministry to allocate money to flood-affected Jammu and Kashmir. The money would be used for reconstruction of damaged hotels," said Naik at a conference highlighting the achievements of the ministry during his 100-day charge.

Parvez Dewan, Tourism Secretary returned from the valley on Thursday after making an assessment of the damage caused and actions to be taken to restore tourist activities in Srinagar that has been affected by floods.

"The government assets have been damaged, but it is the private sector that has been worst affected by the floods. The private hotels and shops have been completely submerged," Dewan said.

Dewan assessed the situation and realized that water had entered some hotels up to the first floor. The blankets, carpets and important documents have been damaged.

"They have to be back in the business. We have to find ways to bring them (businessmen) back into action. We don't want to miss the Durga Puja rush," Dewan said.

He said ‘what has been miraculous’ was that some houseboats were not damaged because they stayed afloat when the water level increased.

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