Marla (unit)

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



British raj standard marla

The marla is a traditional unit of area that is used in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The marla was standardized under British raj 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.

Differing marla measurements standards in India and Pakistan

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.

Indian marla

The units of measurement for marla in India, specially Haryana and Punjab, are:

Small Marla
– 1(Karm)   = 5 Ft
– 1(Sarsahi)= 1 Karm x 1 Karm(5 x 5 = 25 Sq.Ft.)
– 1 Marla = 9 Sarsahi = 25 x 9 = 225 Sq.Ft. (1 Marla) 
Big Marla
– 1(Karm)   = 5.5 Ft
– 1(Sarsahi)=5.5 Ft x 5.5 Ft = 30.25 Sq.Ft.
– 1 Marla = 9 Sarsahi = 30.25 x 9 = 272.25 Sq.Ft. (1 Marla)

Pakistani marla

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

Conversion table for British raj Marla to Indian and Pakistani standards

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