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Chornobyl exclusion zone opens water routes for tourists

Water routes in the exclusion zone are ready to host the visitors and meet all safety standards
11:20, 30 September 2019

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Water routes in Chornobyl exclusion zone are open for the visitors and comply with all safety standards, said Head of the State Agency for Management of the Exclusion Zone of Ukraine Vitaliy Petruk following a conciliation meeting in Chornobyl and running along one of the recently approved water routes. Interfax-Ukraine reported this

"Water routes in the exclusion zone are ready to host the visitors and meet all safety standards. The checkpoints are ready, dosimetric control and escort are provided," a press service quotes Petruk as saying on Friday.

According to the information, in order to visit the exclusion zone along this route, one need to fill out an application, and the organizer of the visit must provide visitors with water transport.

Pursuant to a presidential decree "On certain issues of the development of territories affected by radioactive contamination as a result of the Chornobyl disaster," the agency approved water routes for visiting the exclusion zone, which provide for movement along the Prypyat and Uzh rivers.

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As it was reported earlier, the river tourist routes along the Prypyat and Uzh rivers will be launched in Chornobyl. It is reported by the State Agency of Ukraine for the management of the exclusion zone. The agency has developed water routes to visit the exclusion zone. Specialists of the Chornobyl Reserve and the Ecocenter were involved in the development of the routes. 

It was noted that the development of new forms of visiting the exclusion zone was initiated by tour operators due to the increase in the number of visitors over the past 5 years by almost 10 times. In addition, the water routes will provide an opportunity to see the other side of the exclusion zone - its nature.

Related: UK presents Atomik, craft vodka made of water from Chornobyl exclusion zone

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