Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced plans to designate the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster a tourist destination.
The president describes the area as "a unique place on the planet where nature resurrects after a major technological disaster," and said that walking paths, waterways and checkpoints will be implemented for guest.
] Zelensky launched plans while he inaugurated a giant structure built to shut down reactors in radioactive waste No. No. 4 – a project worth about $ 1.7 billion to build and take nine years to complete.
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The disaster in April 1986 left at least 30 people who died of immediate result, from the reactor explosion or from severe illness in the months afterwards, and sparked a massive environmental calamity.
The accident of what the Soviet Soviet state exposed to millions in the region at a dangerous level of radiation and forced wide, permanent evacuation of hundreds of towns and villag es in Ukraine and Belarus as radioactive dust emitted in whole Europe.
HBO in May debuted five-part miniseries about the explosion, which again brought attention to the area. Tour operations near the plant are credited with an uptick in tourism on the show.
"Many people come from here, they ask a lot of questions about TV shows, about all the happenings," Tour guide Viktoria Brozhko said in Reuters last month. "People are getting more and more surprising."
The itineraries offered by local tour companies include guided bus trips to the Zone of Exclusion, stops abandoned villages near Chernobyl, and then "in the town, which itself contains memories and robots used to clear hazardous materials following the disaster. They can also stand up to out of the fourth reactor, now covered by a new structure of New Safe Marriage.
Fox News & # 39; Michael Bartiromo The Associated Press contributed to this report.