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0007 on number plate for Rs 2 lakh

delhi Updated: Jul 11, 2011 01:50 IST
Atul Mathur
Atul Mathur
Hindustan Times
Atul Mathur

There’s money to be made in numbers, and the Delhi transport department is going for the kill.

So far the preserve of heavyweight politicos and the all-powerful bureaucrats, “VIP” and fancy car registration numbers will be available to all, but for a price as high as Rs 5 lakh.

The transport department has decided to sell the much-fancied numbers that have been spilt into seven categories.

The price varies from Rs 40,000 to Rs 5 lakh. There is only one number — 0001 — in the Rs 5lakh band. The remaining eight single-digit numbers (0002- 0009) and 786 have been priced at Rs 2 lakh each. http://www.hindustantimes.com/images/HTPopups/050711/11_07_11-metro1b.jpg

And if you fancy a number that doesn't figure in the any of the seven series, you pay 1% of the price of the vehicle.

“There is a complete ban on allotment of registration numbers from 0001 to 0099. To give equal opportunity to everyone, we have come up with a new policy,” an official said.

More than 1,000 cars are registered in Delhi every day. Officials believe the pay-for-your-number plan will add anything between Rs 50-60 crore a year to the state exchequer.

If the proposal is accepted by the Delhi cabinet, even politicians and bureaucrats will have to pay for “VIP” numbers for personal vehicles.