MeraNews Network, Gandhinagar: Statue of Unity, the 182-metre tall statue dedicated to independent India’s first deputy prime minister and home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Gujarat's Narmada district is turning out to be one of India's top tourist spots like the Taj Mahal in Agra and Char Minar in Hyderabad.

The statue is now attracting about 30,000 people every day. Both Gujarat Chief Secretary J N Singh and the state's Principal Secretary, tourism S J Haider put the figure of daily visitors at the site over the past few days at 30,000.

The statue, the world's tallest, located on Sadhu Bet islet on the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Kevadiya, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31. It was designed by noted sculptor Ram V Sutar. The United States Consul-General Edgard Kagan also visited the memorial on Monday.

The statue is a tribute to Sardar Patel's role in getting 562 princely states to accede to the Indian Union after Independence. During the Diwali holidays, the three-day income from the sale of tickets was Rs 1.26 crores.