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London’s Elizabeth Tower houses the Big Ben and there is an escalation in its repair bill

The 177-year-old Elizabeth Tower in London is an iconic structure. It houses Big Ben on which restoration work began in 2017. The completion of the repair work was expected to be by the end of next year. However, a detailed inspection of its internal systems revealed a not-too-happy picture. It suffered damage from German bombing during World War II. The tower survived the bombing, but there was damage to its roof and dials. That happened during an air raid in May 1941. Parliamentary officials have disclosed these details. Big Ben fell silent when restoration work began on it in 2017. There is a steep increase in the cost of repair. The initial estimate was £18.6m ($24m) and the revised figure now is nearly £80m ($104m). This is attributed to the discovery of asbestos inside it, as well as the second world war bomb damage and extensive pollution. ...Read more

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