The TAG Support Forum

(TAGS Forum)

The Technology and Governance Support Forum (TAGS Forum) evolved as a spinoff of the CANALPY project - an initiative to explore ways of rejuvenating the canals of Alleppey by decentralised (non- networked) and nature-based sanitation solutions. CANALPY was instrumental in designing decentralised and participatory solid waste management initiatives for Alleppey town. From the experiences gained from CANALPY, our team registered as a Section 8 non-profit start-up on 19 July 2022, of the Companies Act, 2013 (18 of 2013) and Rule 18 of the Companies (Incorporation) Rules, 2014. Ms Sruthi Pillai and Mr Rohit Joseph are the present directors of the firm. We have a core team comprising 16 members, including faculty, students, alumni of IIT Bombay and practitioners.

Apart from the knowledge and experience we have gained from the field, our diverse team has expertise in various disciplines. We have worked with the Alleppey and Cherthala Municipality and Nedumudi, Kainakary, Kavalam and Pulinkunnu Grama Panchayaths on various development projects. Our areas of expertise include water and sanitation, Solid Waste Management (SWM), Disaster Risk Reduction, and Livelihood and Development of Nature Based Solutions (NBS).

Our Core


  • We have worked on situation assessment for specific problems in the areas of water, sanitation, solid waste management, and disaster risk reduction.
  • We have developed a platform for the co-production of knowledge by the LSGs, academia and civil society organisations which has led to the identification and documentation of different sectoral problems in different regions.
  • We have leveraged the expertise of academicians from several academic disciplines such as Engineering, Social Science, Environmental Engineering, Architecture and Planning to design innovative solutions for LSGs.
  • We have supported the local governance institutions to help them make informed decisions on the appropriateness of technology solutions for their problems.
  • We have capacitated the LSGs to sustain their existing interventions and innovations.
  • We have facilitated several campaigns to engage the civil society and student community with local interventions for better sustainability and equity.


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