The question of urban poverty cannot be addressed unless the issue of migration is simultaneously tackled, said acting Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court K. Sreedhar Rao.

Speaking at a national consultation on urban poor and the law, organised by the National Law School of India University here on Saturday, he said unbridled growth of megacities and the failure to develop district and taluk centres in tandem with the growth had resulted in huge infrastructure deficits.

Mr. Rao said the absence of employment opportunities and infrastructure in smaller cities and villages had resulted in large-scale migration.

All our planning, he added, was urban-centric, including the setting up of universities and educational institutions.

On the other hand, loopholes in the laws on land acquisition and faulty zoning regulations had resulted in only land mafia reaping benefits in big cities, said Justice Rao.

He added that the common man had been left in the lurch.