‘0001’ goes for Rs 13.18L

Chandigarh, April 22

The much sought-after fancy registration number ‘0001’ of the CH01-CE series was sold for record Rs13.18 lakh during an e-auction of fancy registration numbers conducted by the Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA). Hartinder Singh, a farmer and a businessman, bought the number for his Land Cruiser SUV.

Number “CH01-CE-0009” received the second highest bidding price of Rs5.75 lakh. It was followed by “CH01-CE-0002”, which was auctioned for Rs3.31 lakh. Fancy numbers 0003 went for Rs2.11 lakh, 0004 for Rs1.58 lakh, 0005 for Rs2.71 lakh, 0006 for Rs1.72 lakh, 0007 for Rs3.85 lakh, 0008 for Rs2.60 lakh and 0010 for Rs1.03 lakh.

The RLA earned a total revenue of Rs1,15,72,000 from the e-auction of the fancy numbers of the new series, CH01-CE, along with the re-auction of leftover numbers of the previous series CH01-CD, CH01CC, CH01CB, CH01CA, CH01BZ, CH01-BY, CH01-BX, CH01-BW, CH01-BV, CH01-BU, CH01-BT and CH01-BS held today.

Pradhuman Singh, Registering and Licensing Officer, said: “This is the first time the revenue has crossed one-crore mark in an auction.”

The successful bidders will be required to get their vehicles registered as well as deposit the bidding amount within one month from the date of auction, failing which a penalty of 10 per cent as well as interest at the rate of 10 per cent on the balance amount will be charged till the date of payment. The result of the auction has been put on the RLA website and the successful bidders will also be informed through SMS and e-mail. — TNS

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