On 14th July, 2015 the National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) was launched from Amritsar in Punjab for 12 cities in the country including the Holy city of Amritsar.Government of India has sanctioned Rs 69.31 crore as 100% grant for Amritsar city. Union Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting Arun Jaitley launched this Yojana at Amritsar in the presence of Union Ministers Venkaiah Naidu, Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, and Vijay Sampla, and Chief Minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Shri Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Union Minister of Urban Development, Venkaiah Naidu in his address mentioned that, on the recommendation of State Government 16 cities of Punjab are being covered under AMRUT while three other cities will be developed as Smart cities. He further added that NDA government´s objective is to promote inclusive urban development so that those living on the margins of urban areas also benefit adequately from urban development.