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What are feet, yards, marlas, and kanals all about?

Posted by mimran on March 7, 2018
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What are feet, yards, marlas, and kanals all about?

Even more troublesome than converting English measurements into Urdu ones is the task of converting and knowing the sizes of plots in feet, yards, meters, marlas, and kanals. Substantial confusion is added by the varying usage of marlas and kanals in different cities, regions, and provinces of Pakistan.

If you are from Lahore, looking to buy property in some specific area of Islamabad, chances are high that you may be readily familiar with marlas but not so much with other terminologies for sizes. You ask a property agent for plot prices in E-11, for example, and he randomly throws 50*90 at you; it is understandable for you to feel baffled for a second. The realisation that he might be talking of feet comes later, and finally you will realise, he is talking of a 4500 square feet plot, which translates into 500 square yards, which further translate into 20 marlas or 1 kanal.

Or take the example of Quetta, where the most popular term to use is yards (or gazz as it is known in Urdu.) However, you will often find people alternating there between yards and feet. You will be told the plot size in yards, but when you ask prices, they will generally be stated per feet.

Similarly, the favoured unit of measurement in Karachi is feet and generally, the property sizes will be provided in per square foot. However, yards are popular there as well. To remove any confusion that you may have about plot size conversion, here we have all the conversions which you can use to conveniently convert one unit of measurement into another:

MarlaSquare FeetSquare MetersSquare Yards (Gazz)
20 (1 Kanal)4500418.06500

To put it in a different perspective: a marla is 225 square feet or 25 square yards. 5 marlas are equal to 1125 square feet and 125 square yards, while 10 marlas are 2250 square feet or 250 square yards.

The exact dimensions of these plots can differ significantly, depending on where the plot is located, and differs from one housing scheme/colony to another.

For example, in DHA Lahore a 10-marla plot generally has the dimensions of 35 x 65 feet, like the 10-marla plots in Bahria Town Lahore. Translated into size, this amounts to 2275 feet, which further translates into 252 square yards and is slightly more than the general 10-marla plots – which have a size of 2250 square feet and 250 square yards respectively. Below are the general dimensions of plots in DHA Lahore and Bahria Town Lahore.

 5 Marla10 Marla1 Kanal
DHA Lahore25*45 ft35*65 ft45*100 ft
Bahria Town Lahore25*45 ft35*65 ft50*90 ft



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