He’s a real fissionary.
Ukrainian Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko believes he has a really rad idea to boost the state’s economy – by turning the Chernobyl accident site into a “tourism magnet,” according to East2West News.
To that end, he is seeking UNESCO world heritage site status for the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, a large expanse initially established by the Soviet armed forces after the 1986 nuclear disaster.
Tourism is already part of the Zone — although struggling amid the fallout of coronavirus pandemic — but a heritage site designation could turn the site into what’s being marketed as a Pompeii of the atomic age.
It would join such locations as India’s Taj Mahal, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and England’s prehistoric Stonehenge.
Tourists would not only be able to explore eerie ghost towns like Pripyat, which has remained frozen in time since the accident 34 years ago, but also experience the “Garden of Eden” wildlife “paradise” that has bloomed since a reactor exploded.
“You take it all very differently when you see it with your own eyes, live,” Tkachenko, who had relatives in Pripyat at the time of the accident, told East2West News in his glowing prediction.
“The whole time you feel consumed by the feeling of surrealism — on the streets of Pripyat and Chernobyl, where trees sprout through abandoned homes,” added Tkachenko, who plans “to develop an independent tourist brand of the Chernobyl exclusion zone.”
He said: “This is not only a tourist attraction, but also a place of memory where it is worth coming to understand the truth about the disaster and its ‘final effect.’”
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