The UT Registering and Licencing Authority (RLA) earned about Rs 53 lakh on the first day of the open auction of vehicle registration numbers for the series CH-01-AZ, a little lower than the amount of Rs 57 lakh generated during the first day of the previously released series CH-01-AY in June this year.
The auction held on Saturday witnessed bidding for 88 of the 100 numbers, of which the number CH-01-AZ-0001 fetched the highest amount of Rs 8.5 lakh, by International Tractors Private Limited, a business-firm situated in Sector 34. It was the highest among nine other bidders for the same number. The firm was represented by one of its employees Rajesh Thakur for a Mercedes S class car. The firm is owned by L N Mittal who is a native of Hoshiarpur. The company purchased the number due to the special recognition of the VIP status and added to their collection of two other special number cars.
The highest bid amount during the last auction was Rs 5.75 lakh. The second number, which fetched the highest bid after 0001 was CH-01-AZ-0007. It went for Rs 3.35 lakh. Four contenders had bid for the number. The number, for which the reserved price was Rs 15,000 was taken by Kulwant Singh a landowner based in Amritsar for his Toyota Fortuner car.
“I have three other cars with 0007 digit numbers and on Saturday I have completed the fourth number for my series. I received my first single digit number a few years ago and since then I developed a passion for VIP car numbers,” said Kulwant.
“I have four other special number cars with numbers registered with 77. I decided to change this habit by bidding for number 5.” said Gurdeep Singh Sandhu, a landowner of areas near Bhatinda who bid the number for his Toyota Fortuner car for Rs 2.55 lakh.
Meanwhile, another favourite number that attracted bidders was CH-01-AZ-0013. There were six applicants for it but Shivraj Singh, a resident of Sector 45 managed to steal it at Rs 1.11 lakh. Shivraj Singh said, “Gurmukhi numeral 13 is pronounced ‘teraa’ which translates to mean ‘I am yours’ and this is the reason that this number is lucky for me. My four other cars Maruti Swift, Honda City, Audi TT and now a Toyota Innova will have 13 in the end.”
When contacted, Kashish Mittal, RLA in-charge informed that Rs 53 lakh earnings on the first day is visibly a good response as a large share of numbers from 0001 to 0100 was successfully auctioned on the first day. The auction of remaining numbers CH-01-AZ-101 and onwards will continue on Sunday.
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