INDEX: RITES OF PASSAGE
Narrow and rickety, the footbridge at Elphinstone Station was in no shape to bear the load of pedestrian traffic to which it was daily subjected. This is not hindsight, after 23 people were killed in a stampede on 29 September, but common knowledge for commuters forced to run the gauntlet of rush hour at the station. The government has ordered a probe, but critics are calling it too little too late. The Shiv Sena, junior partner in the Maharashtra government, has been vociferous in its condemnation of its BJP ally’s neglect, claiming warnings went unheeded by the Centre because of a lack of funds.