LONDON, ENGLAND, February 5, 2014 (Hindustan Times): Officials in the east Midlands city of Leicester have designated a quiet, leafy spot on the River Soar where, instead of travelling to India, members of the city's large community of Indian origin can scatter ashes of the deceased. The spot, near the National Space Centre, has been identified by the Leicester City Council and the Environment Agency following calls for such a facility locally from the city's Hindu, Jain and Sikh communities.
Residents of Leicester say it is often difficult for people to go to Hardwar or Varanasi to scatter the ashes, due to the cost and travel problems faced by older family members. The spot behind the National Space Centre has a sturdy platform in place, with good level access from a well-made path and handrails leading to the water's edge, Leicester City Council sources told HT. There will be no charge to use the facility.