A unit of the imperial system, square yard became popular in every country where the British ruled. This is the reason why the usage of square yard is quite common in land measurement in urban areas of India and Pakistan despite the fact that square yard has over a period of time been replaced by the square meter in other parts of the world.
In several Indian states, in fact, local governments use square yard as the standard value while fixing circle rates in Rs per square yard. Circle rate a government-fixed value below which a property can’t be sold. In Haryana, for example, land rates in urban areas are fixed on a rupee per square yard basis by the state government.
Defined as the area of a square with sides of one yard in length, square yard as a unit of area measurement is also used in the US and Canada, apart from being popular in the country of its origin, the UK.
There are various symbols used to denote this unit of areas measurement, including sq yards, sq yard, sq yds, sq yd, sq.yd, etc.
1,296 square inches
9 square feet
836 127.36 square millimetres
8 361.2736 square centimetres
0.83612736 square metres
0.00000083612736 square kilometres