Eiffel Tower, Paris’s Iron Lady, needs full repair, leaked reports say
In the 19th century, when the Eiffel Tower, Paris’s Iron Lady, was completed in 1889, at that point, it was expected to stand merely for 20 years before falling apart. However, after these one hundred and thirty years, the tower is still standing strong, less by design but more by diligent maintenance. After all this time, a confidential report leaked to the French magazine Marianne states that the monument needs full repair as it is in poor condition and riddled with rust. But instead, it is being given only a 60 million euro paint job makeover ahead of the 2024 Olympics Games in Paris. This is the 20th time the tower has been repainted.
The wrought iron 1,063 ft (324 meters), 7,300-tonne iron tower, was built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 world’s fair. The monument, which was built using piddle iron, is among the most visited sites in the world. Before it opened to the public, it was given four coats of red lead paint, which is now banned but back in time it was considered the best anti-corrosive agent. Around six million visitors are welcome every year. An anonymous tower manager gave Marianne a statement saying, “It is assured that if Gustave Eiffel visited the place now, he would have had a heart attack.” Societe d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE), the organization that looks after the tower’s supervision, is yet to reach out for a statement regarding the reports.
Around 30 percent of the tower was supposed to be stripped, and two new coats of paint were applied to it. Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, there were a lot of delays in work, and lead being present in the old paint means that only 5% out of the total will be treated, Marianne said. On the other hand, SETE is very reluctant about not closing the tower for a long time as it will lead to a huge revenue loss that comes from tourists.