The apex body of organised real estate developers is seeking a simplification of the process of clearances for property in which water bodies constitute over 25 per cent of the total area in and around the city.

The Bengal chapter of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) said during a discussion with top officials of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation that often its records show a bigger water body than the actual one at the site.

It also said that there were anomalies between satellite-aided water body mapping and actual ``historic and credible evidence-led mapping such as deeds, parchas and deed plans.” It wanted a physical verification to ascertain facts.

Calling for a simplification of the processes and “removal of bureaucratic red tape,” CREDAI Bengal said that unwieldy processes were also a bottleneck in case of change of user of land in cases of lands of closed factories and workshops. “There is a need to streamline the process of sanctioning plans of buildings on lands of closed factories,” CREDAI said adding that there was also a need to streamline and relax the height restriction in `theeka’ or leasehold-land.