Man Pays 8.5 Lakh for a VIP Number
A Chandigarh-based businessman has splurged a whopping Rs. 8.1 lakh on a VIP number for his scooter.
Kanwaljit Walia, who has a no doubt understood cooking business in the city, made the most astounding offer for the number CH01BC 0001. The vehicle is his recently purchased Activa bike worth Rs. 50,000.
The VIP number “0001” is much looked for after. As of late, it has been sold for anything between Rs. 70,000 and Rs. 10 lakh. The record cost was paid by a rancher turned-broker, NS Shergill, in 2010.
At the closeout directed by Chandigarh’s Licensing Authority on saturday, Mr Walia spent another Rs. 2.6 lakh, purchasing the number CH01BC 0011 for his child’s new bicycle and the number CH01BC 0026 for his third SUV.
The other two SUVs of the family has fancy numbers too. But this is the first they have spent so much for a scooter.
Mr Walia says he has inherited his father’s passion. “My father also had two VIP numbers…he was the founding president of the Chandigarh taxi union,” he said.
“In this region the rich have a passion for fancy numbers while we manage to generate decent revenue out of it,” said Kashish Mittal of the Registration and Licensing Authority in Chandigarh.
Numbers 0001 to 9999 of the new CH01BC series were auctioned in two phases on Saturday and Sunday.