Chernobyl, where a nuclear reactor exploded in 1986, will be turned into a tourist site putting into effect a decree signed by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.
“Chernobyl has been a negative part of Ukraine’s brand. The time has come to change this,” Zelensky stated at the inauguration of a giant $1.9 billion dome, which covers the destroyed nuclear reactor.
“Chernobyl is a unique place on the planet, where nature revives after a world-wide man-made disaster, where there is a real ‘ghost town’. We should show Chernobyl to the world: scientists, environmental specialists, historians and tourists,” he added, highlighting that the exclusion zone surrounding the site would become “one of new Ukraine’s growth points.”
“Unfortunately, the exclusion zone has so far remained a symbol of corruption. Security forces collect bribes from tourists, illegally ship metal and take advantage of natural resources. We will soon put an end to this,” he noted as the location became popular due to the success of popular HBO series of the same name.
The project will have new walking trails, checkpoints and improved mobile phone reception.
Visitors will also be able to capture the location on film as restrictions will be lifted.