India’s minister of state for Culture and Tourism Shripad Yesso Naik said on Friday that Kashmir will be given Rs. 100 crore as special assistance for reconstruction of damaged infrastructure owing to massive flooding.
Parvez Dewan, tourism secretary had visited the valley to assess damage caused by the flood and to understand the actions needed to restore tourist activities in Srinagar. “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 told IANS.
He added that water had entered some hotels up to the first floor damaging blankets, carpets and important documents. “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. “Some have turned over, many have lost carpets and utensils. But we hope everything will be fine soon,” he added.
Musafir Namah Bureau