Measurement of land in Punjab

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The following are the basic 'measurements of land used in Punjab and Haryana' in ascending order.

  • one 'karam' is 5.5 ft
  • one 'marla' is 9 square karams (272.25 sq ft)(30.25 gaz)
  • one 'kanaal' is 20 marlas (5,445 sq ft)
  • one 'killa' is of 8 kanaals (43,560 sq ft = 1 acre)
  • one 'bigha' is of 5 kanaals (2530 sq. meter)
  • one 'murabba' is 25 killas (1,089,000 sq ft = 25 acres)

A killa or Acre is measured rectangularly, reckoned as an area 36 karams (198 ft) x 40 karams (220 ft) (43,560 square ft). 5/8th of a Killa or Acre is known as Bigha

Homes (Kothis) are measured in marlas and kanaals. Most are two to four kanaals but the big ones can be anything from four to six kanaals.

A couple of older measures:

  • one biswa = 15 Sq karams; 12 biswas = 1 kanaal (605 gaz)
  • one bigha = 48 biswas - 2420 square yards - 2023.428 sq m

i)In all areas consolidated on the basis of the standard measure of 66 inches i.e. Karam or Gatha:

- 1. 1 Sq. Karam or Sarsahi 3.3611111 Sq.yds.

2. 9 Sarsahies or 1 Marla 30.249999 Sq.yds say 30.25 Sq.yds.

3. 20 Marlas or 1 Kanal 604.99996 Sq.yds say 605 Sq.yds.

4. 160 Marlas or 8 Kanals 4839.99998 Sq.yds.say 4840 Sq.yds. (1 acre or 1 killa)

(ii)In the areas consolidated on the basis of the local meas ure and the non- consolidated areas of Amritsar, Gurdaspur, (except Shahpur Hill Circle and Chak Andar in Pathankot tehsil), Ferozepur (except Fazilka) and the erstwhile pr incelyState of Faridkot. Also applicable for Lahore (Pakistan):

1. 1 Karam 60 inches

2. 1 Sq. Karam or Sarsahi 2.777777 Sq. yds.

3. 9 Sarsahies or 1 Marla 24.999999 Sq. yards say 25 Sq.yards.

4. 20 Marlas or 1 Kanal 499.9999 Sq. yards say 500 Sq.yards

5. 193.60 Marlas (9 Kanals1 Acre or 4840 Sq.yds 13 Marlas 5 Sarsahis)

(iii) In the areas consolidated on the basis of the local measure and the non- consolidated areas of Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Anandpur Sahib (Ropar) and the Shahpur hill Circle in Gurdaspur District:

1.1 Karam 57.5 inches

2. 1 Sq. Karam or Sarsahi 2.5511188 Sq.yds.

3. 9 Sarsahies or 1 Marla 22.960069 Sq.yards say 22.96 Sq.yds

4. 20 Marlas or 1 Kanal 459.20138 Sq.yards say 459 Sq.yards.

5. 210.80 Marlas (10 Kanals I Acre or 4840 Sq.yds.10 Marlas 7 Sarsahis)

(iv) In the area consolidated on the basis of the local measure and the non-consolidated areas of the erstwhile princely State of Kapurthala:

1. 1 Karam 54 inches

2. 1 Sq. Karam or Sarsahi 2.25 Sq.yds.

3. 9 Sarsahies or 1 Marla 30.25 Sq.yards

4. 20 Marlas or 1 Kanal 405 Sq.yards.

5. 239 Marlas (11 Kanals1 Acre or 4840 Sq.yds.19 Marlas)

1 Karam or Gat ha x 1 Karam or Gatha

1 Sq. Karam or Biswansi 20 Biswansis

1 Biswa20 Biswa 1 Bigha Sq Feet Sq Gaz Sq Meter Karams Marla Kanaal Killa Begha Muraba 272.25 30.25 25.293 9 1 0.05 0.00625 0.0005 0.00025 1361.25 151.25 126.465 45 5 0.25 0.03125 0.0025 0.00125 2722.5 302.5 252.93 90 10 0.5 0.0625 0.005 0.0025 5445 605 505.86 180 20 1 0.125 0.01 0.005 43560 4840 4046.88 1440 160 8 1 0.08 0.04 27225 3025 2529.3 900 100 5 0.625 0.05 0.025 1089000 121000 101172 36000 4000 200 25 2 1