# Marla (unit)

A marla is a unit of area used in the Indian subcontinent.

## Description in detail

The marla is a traditional unit of area that is used in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The marla was standardized under British rule to be equal to the square rod, or 272.25 square feet, 30.25 square yards, or 25.2929 square metres. As such, it was exactly one 160th of an acre.

The definition of marla varies between India and Pakistan. In India, the unit was standardized to 25 square yards. Its use in India is in decline, with the guz, square meter, acre and hectare being the more commonly used units. Bangladesh uses the same definition of marla as in India. In most of Pakistan, it is still equal to the British defined 30.25 sq yards, except in Lahore district of Pakistan where it is 25 sq yards. The old British definition of marla is often referred to as a "big marla" in India. One Pakistani Marla is equal to 9 square karm in Urdu and karoon in Punjabi language 9 Sarsahi is equal to one Marla. And 20 marlas in Lahore are equal to one kanal, while in Islamabad 16 marlas are equal to one kanal.

Mathematician: Ehsan Ullah Saif MBA (finance) CAF (finance).

## Pakistani marla

```Original Marla
– 1(Karm)   = 5.5 Ft OR 5.5 x 5.5 = 30.25 Sq/Ft
– 9(Karm)in 1 Marla = 30.25 x 9 = 272.25 Sq/Ft (1-Marla)
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Small Marla
– 1(Karm)   = 5 Ft OR 5 x 5 = 25 Sq/Ft
– 9(Karm)in 1 Marla = 25 x 9 = 225 Sq/Ft (1-Marla)
```

## Indian marla

```Small Marla
– 1(Karm)   = 5 Sq/Ft
– 1(Sarsahi)= 3 Karm (5 x 3 = 15 Sq/Ft)
– 9(Sarsahi)in 1 Marla = 15 x 15 = 225 Sq/Ft (1-Marla)
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Big Marla
– 1(Karm)   = 5.5 Sq/Ft
– 5.5 Sq/Ft x 5.5 Sq/Ft = 30.25 Sq Yds
– 3 Karm x 3 Karm = 9(Sarsahi)
– 30.25 Sq Yds x 9(Sarsahi)= 272.25 Sq/Ft (1-Marla)
```

## Conversion table

Imperial Metric Indian marla Pakistani marla
1 square foot (144 square inches) 0.040 sarsahi 0.033 karm
1 square yard (9 sq. feet) .836 sq. metres 0.360 sarsahi (0.040 marla) 0.298 karm (0.0331 marla)
1.196 sq. yards (10.76 sq. feet) 1 square metre 0.431 sarsahi (0.0478 marla) 0.356 karm (0.0395 marla)
1 sq. yards (9 sq. feet) 0.836 sq. metres 1 sarsahi (0.111 marla) 0.826 karm (0.0918 marla)
3.361 sq. yards (30.25 sq. feet) 2.810 sq. metres 1.21 sarsahi (0.134 marla) 1 karm (0.111 marla)
25 sq. yards (225 sq. feet) 20.903 sq. metres 1 marla (9 sarsahi) 0.826 marla (7.438 karm)
30.25 sq. yards (272.25 sq. feet = 0.0625 acres) 25.293 sq. metres 1 marla (10.89 sarsahi) 1 marla (9 karm = 0.05 kanal)
605 sq. yards (0.125 acres) 505.857 sq. metres (0.0506 hectares) 24.2 marla 1 kanal (20 marla)
1 acre (4840 sq. yards) 0.405 hectares (4046.856 sq. metres) 193.6 marla 1 keela (8 Kanal) (160 marla)
2.471 acres 1 hectare (10000 sq. metres = 0.01 sq. kilometres) 478.396 marla 19.768 kanal (395.369 marla)
247.1 acres (0.386 sq. miles) 1 square kilometre (100 hectares) 47,839.6 marla 1976.8 kanal (39,536.9 marla)
1 square mile (640 acres) 2.590 sq. kilometres (259.0 hectares) 123,904 marla

## References

1. ^ Measurement units of land used in Punjab & Haryana. http://www.knowledgepublisher.com/article-1359.html