The passengers of coaches C8 and C9 of the AC Double-decker Bangalore-Chennai Express(train no. 22626) held a protest at the Arakkonam railway junction, complaining about non-functional air-conditioners, on Saturday.
The train started at Bangalore at 2.40 pm and reached Arakkonam at 7.08 pm. When the train halted at Arakkonam, more than 50 passengers of the two coaches alighted from the train and protested on the platform.
They said they had been complaining about the non-functioning air-conditioners since the train started from Bangalore but the problem had not been rectified. After the protest, a mechanic from the Arakkonam station was pressed into service to fix the problem. However, as he reported that the snag could not be fixed on the spot, officials at the station pacified the agitators and made arrangements for them to reach Chennai in other AC coaches.
The Bangalore-Chennai AC Double-decker Express was introduced between Chennai and Bangalore on April 25, and there were several reports of non-functional air-conditioners in several coaches.