Mumbai, April 16 -- With a nod from the Bombay high court (HC), the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking can soon add 80 electronic buses, including 40 air-conditioned ones, to its fleet.

Currently, BEST has six e-buses in its fleet. Surendra Kumar Bagde, general manager of BEST, on Monday said the policy-making body of the undertaking had received a conditional nod from the HC to get the e-buses on wet lease, which the workers' unions were objecting to.

In wet lease model, a private operator pays for the driver and maintenance of the buses. While BEST is eyeing the model to reduce its operating costs, labour unions fear it would lead to staff cuts.

The union claimed they have also challenged the hiring of 450 ...