The craze for VIP registration plate has made Registration and Licensing Authority of Chandigarh richer by whooping Rs 53 lakhs in a single day.
The 0001 number of the CH-01-AZ series went for Rs. 8.5 lakh at the public auction of the series at the Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) office. It was the highest amount bid for the top number since CH-01-AT 0001 fetchehd Rs. 9.1 lakh in May 2013.
LD Mittal, the owner of International Tractors, having its office in Sector 34, bagged the AZ 0001 number for his firm’s new Mercedes S series car. His employee Rajesh Thakur represented him at the auction.
The second highest winning bid of the day was for CH-01-AZ-0007 at Rs. 3.35 Lakh by Kulwinder Singh, a resident of nearby village,. He won it after a fierce round of bidding against another resident Sukhlovepreet Singh, and the amount was raised by Rs. 1,000 per call. There was considerable mirth among the gathering at this. The third highest winning bid was for CH-01-AZ-0009 that went under the hammer for Rs. 3.2 lakh followed by 0002 that was sold for Rs. 3.01 Lakh.
For rights to the number 0005, one GS Sandhu was pitted against another GS Sandhu. One of them finally won it for Rs. 2.55 lakh for his new Fortuner SUV.
A company Him Agro Food Ltd bought the 0003 number for Rs. 3 lakh for its Mahindra Bolero. Among the double digit special numbers, 0011 fetched the maximum at Rs. 2.05 lakh by Sarpreet Singh.