Staying put in Srinagar for two days to monitor flood situation, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Monday visited the city's commercial hub Lal Chowk.
Apparently to infuse confidence among the panicked shopkeepers, Sayeed met the traders whose shops were facing threat of inundation due to drainage failure.
On the directions of the chief minister, water was drained from the area. He made on-the-spot assessment.
"The government will take all steps required to prevent waterlogging following continuous rains," an official statement said.
The chief minister also promised that those small-time businessmen, traders and destitute who don't have any insurance cover will be taken up in the first phase.
Sayeed, who had arrived in Srinagar on Sunday following the heavy rains, personally supervised the government's efforts throughout the night and directed setting up of camps at safe places for people of the affected areas in case of any emergency.
"During the review meeting held last evening, the chief minister had issued instructions to press into service all de-watering pumps in Srinagar city to clear the inundated areas.
Lal Chowk was also inundated yesterday, but after the dewatering pumps have been used uninterruptedly, the roads in and around the business hub have been cleared of waterlogging," the statement said.