The Railways

Crumbling structure

Print edition : October 27, 2017

Passengers caught in the stampede at the Elphinstone Road station on September 29. Photo: PTI

The pedestrian bridge at the station where the stampede took place. Photo: AP/Rafiq Maqbool

Passengers travelling on the footboards of a suburban train during rush hour in Mumbai on February 24, 2015. Experts say the load carrying capacity of the network has reached saturation point. Photo: PAUL NORONHA

An injured passenger being carried to a hospital on September 29. Photo: REUTERS/DANISH SIDDIQUI

Mumbai’s suburban rail network ferries millions every day, but the stations and the infrastructure are in a pathetic state. The Elphinstone Road station stampede was a tragedy waiting to happen.
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