Chandigarh, April 16
A local businessman bought the registration number ‘0001’ for a whopping Rs 15.44 lakh for a scooter against a reserve price of Rs 50,000 in an online auction conducted by the Authority Registration and Licensing (RLA) here today.
Brij Mohan, who runs an advertising agency, made the highest bid for CH01CJ 0001. Mohan said he liked the number so much that he bought it for Rs. 15.44 lakh. Initially, he used the number of his Activa scooter which he recently bought for Rs. 80,000, and later changed it to a car, as he was planning to buy a new four-wheeler during the days auspicious days of Diwali.
The CH01CH serial number ‘0001’ fetched Rs. 24.40 lakh in the previous auction, the second highest amount ever won for this number in RLA history. The highest bid ever for 0001 of the CH01AP series was a whopping Rs. 26.05 lakh in 2012.
Meanwhile, 0002 of series CH01CJ fetched the second highest amount of Rs. 5.46 million.
An official said during the online auction of vehicle registration numbers (fancy and choice) of the new CH01-CJ series and the remaining numbers of the previous series, a total of 378 registration numbers were auctioned. The electronic auction of the special registration numbers of the new series, CH01-CJ, as well as the re-auction of the remaining novelty numbers of the previous series CH01CG, CH01CF, CH01CE, CH01CD, CH01CC, CH01CB, CH01CA, CH01BZ, CH01 -BY, CH01-BX, CH01-BW, CH01-BV, CH01-BU, CH01-BT and CH01-BS took place today. The RLA earned a total revenue of over Rs. 1,50,13,000 from the online auction.
The RLA had earned a total revenue of over Rs. 2,31,15,000 from the online auction of the novelty numbers of the series, CH01-CH, as well as the re-auction of the remaining numbers of the previous series. Similarly, the RLA had earned a total revenue of Rs. 1,43,84,000 from the online auction of the novelty numbers of the series, CH01-CG, as well as the re-auction of the remaining numbers of the previous series .
Successful bidders will be required to register their vehicles and deposit the bid amount within one month from the date of the auction, failing which a 10% penalty and a interest at the rate of 10% on the amount of the balance. will be invoiced until the date of payment.
Only owners who had purchased the vehicles from a Chandigarh address were allowed to participate in the electronic auction.