The Elphinstone Stampede took 22 lives and has endangered more than 50. Is Mumbai’s undying spirit and our resilience to blame for the price we pay repeatedly?

One of the most saddening and unfortunate mishaps to have taken place on Western Railway, the Elphinstone Stampede has authorities expressing their condolences and announcing compensations for the deceased, but is this the way we expect things to work all the time? Wait for accidents and calamities due to negligence and poor infrastructure, lose our friends and family and trade their lives for compensations? Are we next?

It could be you or me, hanging on to our dear lives at the footboard of a local train, or being crushed under a stampede, or losing our livelihood, possessions, homes, or worse, our lives to floods?

The Elphinstone Stampede has people asking the right questions, whether or not we need statues and bullet trains when our basic infrastructure has failed miserably, time and again. Here’s what Twitter had to say about this heartbreaking accident.

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How many times will Mumbai have to pay the price of carelessness and sheer disrespect for a human life?