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    Default Vehicle number 0001 goes for Rs 10 lakh in Chandigarh

    Paying nearly half the price of your car for its registration number? It sounds quite incredible but this has actually happened in this union territory.
    Driven by passion, Narinder Singh Shergill, a Punjab-based farmer, bid a whopping sum of Rs.10 lakh to get his favoured registration number 0001 for his new Toyota SUV Fortuner, which he had bought for nearly Rs 20 lakh.
    Shergill, who owns farms near Kharar and Kurali towns and is also into real estate business, had made highest bid for number CHO1-AC-0001 during the auction of new series of numbers at the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) office here Saturday.
    This was the highest-ever bid for 0001 as in the previous auctions, the number had fetched the highest price of Rs 550,000.
    "It was my dream to get 0001 number for my car and I am very happy that I have finally materialised it. I wanted to get this number at any cost and I had a budget of Rs 10 lakh for it," a beaming Shergill said Sunday.
    Auction for 0001 started from Rs 25,000 with seven bidders. After reaching Rs 750,000 only two bidders were left in the race.
    In total, the RLA auctioned over 50 registration numbers, earning Rs 39.63 lakh. The second and third highest bids were for 0009 and 0003 that went for Rs 4.70 lakh and Rs 2.50 lakh respectively.
    However, Shergill's wife, a government school teacher, was quite reluctant and was not in favour of such a huge bid.
    Though my wife was not in favour of this bid but I was very determined to get this number. I would have bid another Rs 25,000 to 50,000 for it. Now everybody is happy with my decision, said Shergill, who lives here in Sector 33.
    A few months ago, Shergill's three acres of land, between Kurali and Kharar, were acquired by Punjab government at Rs 1 crore per acre.
    "We had huge ancestral land. In 1992, the Punjab government had acquired our over 10 acres of land in Kurali," he said.

    Vehicle number 0001 goes for Rs 10 lakh in Chandigarh- Hindustan Times

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    News Approved.

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    This really gets on my nerves, not with the farmer, but with the RTO & Govt. What're they doing with so much money? Why don't they spend some of these money towards civic sense & traffic discipline? I'm very sure that all the Govt organizations can run in 3 digit profits & do better, but for the old rats who keeps to maintain status quo & bureaucracy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by parveenkumarparv View Post

    "0003 that went for Rs 2.50 lakh"
    wow, i got the same no. for 1000 Rs. only...
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    The government/ RTO are thieves...! I mean, instead of having a fair lottery system, they are minting money....?!?!?

    Agree people are ready to pay, but where are the Ethics on part of the RTO?

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    in our city its 10,000 for a two-wheeler and 1lac for 4-wheeler..
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    i'm in chandigarh too.. for my p180 I got 0180.... for my Swift i got 4.. and my bro got 7777 for his r15.. and all these for free in chandigarh ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by aargee View Post
    This really gets on my nerves, not with the farmer, but with the RTO & Govt. What're they doing with so much money? Why don't they spend some of these money towards civic sense & traffic discipline? I'm very sure that all the Govt organizations can run in 3 digit profits & do better, but for the old rats who keeps to maintain status quo & bureaucracy.
    +100 they can make use of that money on making roads better instead of filling their pockets

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    This is insane. Paying 50% of the cost of the vehicle for registration is heights!!

    I wonder what does the RTO do with those money!!

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    3.5 more and he would have had a CBR1000RR or the mighty R1 beside his new SUV.

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