Converting plot sizes: What are feet, yards, marlas, and kanals all about?

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Feet, yards, marlas, and kanals are units of measurement commonly used to quantify land area in different parts of the world, particularly in South Asia. Each unit has its own significance and is used in specific contexts:

  1. Square Feet (sq ft): This is a unit of area measurement commonly used in many countries, including the United States and some parts of South Asia. One square foot is equal to the area of a square with sides that are each 1 foot long. It is often used for measuring smaller land areas like residential properties, apartments, and interior spaces.
  2. Square Yards (sq yd): Similar to square feet, a square yard is the area of a square with sides that are each 1 yard (3 feet) long. It’s also used for measuring smaller land areas and is especially common in the UK and some parts of South Asia.
  3. Marla: The marla is a unit of area measurement primarily used in South Asia, particularly in countries like India and Pakistan. The exact size of a marla can vary between regions, but it’s generally around 272.25 square feet or 25.29 square meters. Marla is commonly used to measure land area for residential purposes.
  4. Kanal: The kanal is another unit of land area measurement used in South Asia, specifically in countries like India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. The size of a kanal varies from region to region, but it is commonly considered to be around 5,445 square feet or 506.86 square meters. Kanals are often used to measure larger land areas, including agricultural and commercial properties.

These units of measurement are often used in combination to express the area of a piece of land. For example, in some regions, a land area might be described as “5 marlas and 2 kanals,” indicating that the property is a combination of 5 marlas and 2 kanals in size.

It’s important to note that the exact sizes of these units can vary from one region to another, so it’s always a good idea to confirm the local measurements when dealing with land transactions or property-related matters.