The auction of new series of numbers CH-01-BF on Saturday fetched the Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA), Chandigarh, Rs 60.79 lakh.
On Day 1, first 100 numbers of the series went under the hammer.
The number ‘0001’ was auctioned for just Rs 3.5 lakh to Avreet Kaur of Sector 9 in Chandigarh against a reserve price of Rs 25,000 with ‘0003’, ‘0005’, ‘0007’ and ‘0009’ also seeing an enthusiastic response from participants.
The reserve price for remaining 99 numbers varied from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000. In the previous auction, CH-01-BE-0001 was bought for Rs 4.7 lakh.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Avreet’s husband, who didn’t wish to reveal his identity, said he had purchased the number for his wife who would drive a Range Rover.
“Avreet is a housewife and I just wanted her to have a special number for her four-wheeler. There was no special reason behind bidding for this number, but fortunately I managed to buy it for her I am happy that we have the right to use this number.”
Number 0002 was bought by Rajesh Bharadwaj,a Faridabad-based business man, who also owns a house in Sector 51.
He said he had purchased the number in line with the ‘odd-even number’ policy of the Delhi government.
“I wanted to have an even number vehicle, as I already have three cars, with odd numbers.”
Number ‘0009’ bagged the second highest bid of Rs 3.31 lakh. It was bought by a city-based businessman Lokesh Sharma.
This number witnessed the toughest bid war between the aspirants.
“Number 9 is my lucky number. My other cars also either end with 9 or the calculation of the digits is 9. I have 0063, 0099 and 0036 on my other four- wheelers,” added Sharma.
Dinesh Singla, a resident of Sector 20 A, Chandigarh, paid Rs 2.88 lakh for ‘0003’.
“I have purchased the number for my Land Crusier. I already have three cars with the same number. This has been a positive sign for me and I like the number a lot,” he added.
Meanwhile, ‘0005’ and ‘0007’ went for Rs 2.50 lakh each.
The number ‘005’ was purchased by Swar n Singh of Sector 48 with Arvind Singla of Sector 33-C managing to get ‘0007’.
Though 0013 could not fetch a heavy amount, it remained a favourite among Sikh bidders. The number is known as a symbol of first Sikh master Guru Nanak Dev.
The number was bought for Rs 85,000 by Gurjinder Singh, a resident of Sector 29.
“Though ‘0001’ could not fetch the price we had expected, the earnings of the auction on Day 1 of the series has surpassed the total earnings (Rs 50.77 lakh) by the RLA during the auction of numbers of the previous series ‘CH-01-BE’. This time we are quite happy with the response and the signs are encouraging,” said Kashish Mittal, the Registering and Licensing Authority..
The remaining numbers of CH-01-BF series from 0101 onwards will go under the hammer on Sunday.