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The future of Chernobyl

A notable thing is that the very success of the region was directly connected erection of the local NPP. Cultural and social buildings were erected alongside the power plant. Soon, a public library, art school, hotel, hospitals, and colleges were built. The service sector also flourished as small restaurants, cafes, and grocery shops started to pop up seemingly randomly. The government invested in 10 kindergartens.

It seemed that Chernobyl was firmly on the path to a brighter tomorrow. An average citizen of the Pripyat city was circa 26 years and thus the government paid attention to developing the infrastructure for youth and children. During evenings, one could see hundreds of couples parenting their children and walking around pushing prams.

Pripyat before accident

Before the catastrophe, Pripyat and other towns firmly marched towards their glorious future amazed by its own rapid rate of progression. The tragic story of the town starts when its citizens cannot even imagine things that are about to happen. Within following several years, the government planned to create an additional school and an engineering college. In the beating heart of the town appeared a covered local market and a concert hall. New parking lots, an additional hotel, a dentist’s office, a new cinema, a couple of supermarkets, and a train station were also build right before the calamity.

Surely the jolliest of town projects was a huge attraction park with a tall Ferris wheel. This park was meant to greet guests who arrived at the city. The very project of the NPP brought the estimates of the future city population to roughly 80 thousand. Many predicted that the atomic town of Pripyat will become the most beautiful settlement in Ukraine.

In the early hours of Sunday 27th the first of over 1200 buses began to arrive in Pripyat in preparation for a possible evacuation. Trains at the Yanov railway station were also prepared.

However, on Soviet TV's First Programme Vremya the accident was barely mentioned that day. At a meeting between 10:00-12:00 on Sunday morning the chairman of the Governmental Commission provided the local party and Soviet authorities with an update and the evacuation order for Pripyat was announced (the official time and date of the announcement is considered be 12.00, midday, on the 27 April). At the same time radiation levels began to drop and there was briefly hope that an evacuation would not be necessary. But just two hours later radiation levels rose to what would later be recognised as their highest ever level.

The evacuation of Pripyat

The evacuation of Pripyat

Local radio reported the order to evacuation to residents just after 1pm as police began to work their way from house to house. Residents gathered at the entrances to their homes at 1.50pm and the official evacuation began at 2pm when the first buses and trucks collected the residents and their belongings.The residents of Pripyat were asked to carry with them only what was required for two or three days away, some food, a change of underwear, and their identity papers. Dosimeters were confiscated. The evacuation of Pripyat’s residents took 3.5 hours and used all 1,200 buses. Residents recall that everyone was in a hurry, but nobody was panicking. No one would live in Pripyat again. In the weeks following the evacuation most valuable articles, such as cars and electrical appliances were deliberately crushed or broken to prevent looting but many former residents believe a considerable amount of their belongings were in fact stolen.[1]

Later that year the city of Slavutich was constructed, 45 kilometres, from Pripyat to house the personnel of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and their families, evacuated from Pripyat. As of 2005 Slavutych had about 25,000 inhabitants with its economic and social situation remains closely linked to the decommissioning of power plants and other facilities within the Zone. Once a year, close to the disasters anniversary, former residents are allowed to return to Pripyat.

The evacuation of Pripyat

Pripyat remains uninhabited, many of its buildings crumbling and falling to decay. An old Ferris wheel and bumper car course destined to open on May 1, 1986, are rusted, never used by the town's families. Unfortunately, people will never be able to move back to Pripyat. However, some families, against advisory of the Ukrainian government, have moved back to homes that exist in the wider Chernobyl exclusion zone. While Pripyat will never again have human occupants, it now serves a new service. In an age where fear of dirty bombs has grown dramatically in the past few decades, Pripyat will now serve as a laboratory. Scientists will use the town as a model for the dispersion of nuclear material that would likely result from a dirty bomb explosion or other nuclear attack. One U.S. state department official claims: "Pripyat offers an unparalleled opportunity to fully understand the passage of radioactive debris through an urban area." Never before has there been the opportunity to examine firsthand how the layout of an urban area influences the impact of a nuclear accident or explosion. Scientists are also able to use the surrounding environment of Pripyat to examine radiation's effects on nature. For example, in the nearby Red Forest, scientists have determined that nearly all wildlife has been wiped out. However, Pripyat itself has become a sanctuary for animals including moose, wild boars, and other mammals native to the Ukraine. Yet debate about the genetic wellbeing of these animals continues today.[2]

In recent years, Pripyat has drawn tourists eager to see the abandoned town. Many speculate that tourism at Pripyat arises from tourist desires to view a post-apocalyptic world, albeit a small one.

During the preparation of the article were used the materials of the sites:

[1] https://www.robseverein.com/pripyat-the-forest-grounds/

[2] http://large.stanford.edu/courses/2017/ph241/mitchel1/