ABBOTTABAD - Osama bin Ladens sealed hideout located here at Thanda Choha locality in Bilal Town was bought against Rs 200,000 per kanal back in 2003. The total expenditure incurred on this 'million dollar compound was almost Rs 2.1 million or $ 25,000, it is learnt. Reportedly, six kanals and thirteen marlas of land were purchased for building the residence of worlds most wanted terrorist some eight years back against throwaway price rates. The additional four kanals of unused land adjacent to Osamas compound were also purchased reportedly to keep the house at bay from immediate neighbourhoods. On an estimate, Rs 1.3 million were paid for the 6 kanals and 13 marlas earmarked for the construction of the hideout while over Rs 2.1 million were paid for the total land purchased that was almost 10.5 kanals (10 kanals 13 marlas). Considering that Noor Muhammad, contractor of the sealed compound, had reportedly taken Rs 700,000 for constructing the aforesaid house, the total construction cost of the compound touches almost 2.1 million rupees. In terms of dollars, the figure becomes 25,000. Back in 2003, the land prices at Thanda Choha locality ranged from Rs 0.23 million to Rs 0.25 million per kanals. However, due to persistent water logging problem, the area wherein Osamas compound was built and its immediate surroundings had even lesser land rates as compared to the market prices. This area would wear the look a 'mini water pond and things would get worse after rainfalls. The lands were available here at throwaway prices but not a lot of people wanted to purchase them, recalled Muhammad Adil a local farmer and property dealer. Adil has seven kanals of farmland near Osamas compound which he bought against Rs 0.15 million per kanal, back in 2001. Just yards away from the sealed residence, Adil, in partnership with Muhammad Rasheed, runs a grocery store named as 'Hussnain Karyana and Sabzi Store. Osamas servant and children would reportedly visit this store once in a while. The existing land prices in Thanda Choha area are calculated at Rs 3.8 million per kanal. Considering todays construction cost for building a 6.5 kanal house in the aforesaid residential area, it could be safely said that not more than Rs 30 million are required for this purpose. When converted in dollars, this number becomes around 0.35 million. Those who know about Abbottabad have a very clear idea that this city is famous for its large and beautifully constructed houses. In the posh areas of Abbottabad including Jinnahabad Township Colony, Kaghan Colony, Sir Syed Colony, Moon Market and Bilal Town, there are hundreds of three-storey residences with barbed wires and grand walls. Even in the most expensive area of Jinnahabad Township Colony, where this correspondent also owns a house, finding 'a million dollar compound is a far cry. The most lavish residences value not more than Rs 50 million. Thousands of shelter seekers arrived in this city during the last years flash floods, Swat and South Waziristan operations and 2005 earthquake. Due to poor security surveillance, militants along with their families came in huge numbers in the garb of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and built fortified homes here. Sources in the citys Cantonment Executive Board told The Nation that there were more than two thousand residences in Bilal Town, Jinnahabad Township and Kaghan Colony that covered more than 6 kanals of area. A gigantic 25 kanals located in Rush, Sardar Colony, that carries the name plate 'Waziristan House has not perhaps invited any attention of the security agencies. The same house has eight feet tall, barbed and reportedly electrified wires. Similar houses with names as 'Kohistan House or Swat House offer a frequent sight.