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Transport dept set to auction fancy numbers for four-wheelers

Officials said in the first round of the bidding, vehicle owners in Delhi will be allowed to bid for 140 numbers.

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | New Delhi | Published: September 5, 2014 2:59:42 am

Bidding for number ‘0001’ — the most sought-after and most-expensive of the 140 numbers designated by the transport as “fancy registration numbers” for four-wheelers — will begin at Rs 5 lakh during the Transport Department’s online auction of such numbers.

The online auction will be conducted by the Delhi Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation (DTIDC) on behalf of the Transport Department. The bidding process will begin with a week-long online registration that will see prospective bidders receiving a unique acknowledgment number (UAN).

Officials said in the first round of the bidding, vehicle owners in Delhi will be allowed to bid for 140 numbers.

Following the online registration, bidders will have to deposit a demand draft of the reserved price (minimum bid) of the desired number. The drafts can be issued by any nationalised bank and have to be deposited at the DTIDC office.

Once the demand draft is deposited, the individual will be eligible to participate in the online bidding process and bid for 10 fancy registration vehicle numbers.

Officials said that a person will be allocated only one registration number against each UAN. Those who wish to obtain more than one registration number will be allowed to do so by registering separately for each vehicle and will get separate UANs.

Successful bidders — who will be notified through the Transport Department website — will have to deposit the bid amount within three-working days. In case a bidder is found to be the highest bidder for more than one registration number, then the number, wherein the maximum bid is quoted, will be allocated to him, officials said.

“If the successful bidder fails to deposit the amount within the prescribed time, then the reserve price deposited by him shall be forfeited. In case no number is allocated to the applicant, then the minimum reserve price amount will be refunded,” a  Transport department official said.

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