The 39 settler families of Athiyadukkam colony at Malom in Balal village here will not be evicted, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told E. Chandrasekharan, MLA, in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday.

The High Court had recently upheld the Forest Department’s move to evict the families before November.

Mr. Chandrasekharan said in a press release here that Revenue Minister Adoor Prakash, during a recent visit to the district, had assured the families that the matter would be taken up with the Chief Minister.

Mr. Chandy had also asked the District Collector to submit a report before November 17.