Notre-Dame Cathedral 'still At Risk Of Collapse' After Fire
Muhammad Irfan 11 days ago Wed 14th August 2019 | 04:00 PM
Paris, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Aug, 2019 ) :Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris is still at risk of collapse after being gutted by a fire in April, with more stonework falling during the recent heatwave in the French capital, the government said on Wednesday.
"There were recently new falls of stones from the nave vaults due to the heatwave," it said.
"It is only the urgency linked to the persistent risk of a collapse that justifies the rhythm of work undertaken" since the fire.
French investigative news site Mediapart published a report this week accusing the ministry of repeatedly ignoring warnings by labour inspectors about the dangers posed by the lead until the works were finally suspended on July 25.
But the ministry rejected Mediapart's allegations that it had failed to pay attention to the risks encountered by workers on the site.
President Emmanuel Macron has set an ambitious target of five years for the restoration to be finished. But the ministry said restoration work would not even begin until next year.
"The first restoration works will not take place -- at the very earliest -- before the first half of 2020," it said.
Paris prosecutors said in June that a poorly stubbed-out cigarette or an electrical fault could have started the fire and opened an investigation into criminal negligence, without targeting any individual.