New Delhi: Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism Dr Mahesh Sharma has said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government plans to cover 150 countries under the e-visa scheme by the end of the year.

Informing that the number of foreign tourists arriving in India has increased by 10 percent over the last year, Dr Sharma noted that around 1,36,000 tourists had already availed of the e-visa scheme, that is currently applicable to 77 nations.

Dr Sharma further stated that the government has begun discussions on opening an airport oin the NCR region to ease the burden on the Delhi Airport.