Beginning next year, Ukraine plans to open up the sealed zone around the Chernobyl reactor to visitors who wish to learn more about the tragedy that occurred nearly a quarter of a century ago. It should be tour “The Chernobyl nuclear power plants”.
Hundreds of thousands of people were resettled from areas contaminated with radiation fallout in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia after reactor No. 4 exploded on April 26, 1986. But related health problems still persist.
Several hundred evacuees have returned to their villages.
A few firms now offer tours to the restricted area. But the government says those tours are illegal and their safety is not guaranteed.
Emergency Situations Ministry said: ” Experts are developing travel routes that will be both medically safe and informative for Ukrainians as well as foreign visitors”.
According the press information, the United Nations Development Program chief Helen Clark toured the Chernobyl plant and said she supported the plan because it could help raise money and tell an important lesson about nuclear safety.