LAND MEASUREMENT UNITS
Various terms are used to denote the extent of an area of a landed property. Hectare, Acre, Cent, sq.meter, Ground etc.,are the common terms we find in the Land documents.
It is better to have an idea of these terms in order to understand the offer of a seller and understand the Land documents more clearly and to calculate the value of the Land you are negotiating. This will help you avoid confusion at a later date. This post is mainly intended for the young and the new.
Plot and Ground
All land documents, where the land is divided into Layouts, will give the measurement in Ground or sq ft only.
However, of late, in the Official documents of CMDA and DTCP, all area measurements are given in sq. Meters, which is going to be the official practice hereafter.
There are other area measurement terms like Cents, Acres, Ares and Hectares that are used to denote land areas in Land documents in Tamilnadu.
The following table will give a comparative idea of different Measurement Units
1 Are=1076 sq.ft
Find the Area of the Plot You Intend to Buy From the Lay-out Sketch
When a land is divided into housing plots, it is done so after allowing roads, parks, schools, market place etc. These common areas and amenities are provided, depending upon the extent of the land, the number of dwelling units proposed etc.
Each plot will be given a number and the size of each plot will be given in the Lay-out Sketch. One can find the area of the plot from the sketch which has to be physically verified, even though it’s part of an approved Lay-out.
Find the Area of the Property from the Sale Deed
There, the area of the property will be given in Ground or sq ft., if it is part of a Lay-out In case the Property is an Agricultural Land, the area will be given in Acres or Ares or Hectares.
Measure the Land Before Buying
The Land or Plot one intends to buy should be measured by a Surveyor and should be checked against what is given in the Document Schedule. Discrepancies, if any, should be clarified with the Seller.
By John das